Amelia “Mia” Gordon
|Pryor High School senior Amelia Gordon, a volunteer for Walking Wednesday, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. Walking Wednesday pairs high school students with elementary students to walk to school together each Wednesday, promoting leadership and positive relationships. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Walking Wednesday, Pryor High SchoolAmelia "Mia" Gordon, a senior at Pryor High School, has been named the outstanding mentor for Walking Wednesday, a program that pairs high school students with elementary students to walk to school each Wednesday on designated walk routes.
Participating high school students are trained on safety by Pryor Police and the Cherokee Nation. Reflector vests and hand-held stop signs are used by participants to promote safety awareness. The program not only builds positive relationships between high school and elementary students, but has resulted in less school traffic, fewer emissions, and more active and energized students, said Evett Barham, Leadership teacher and Student Council adviser.
“Amelia takes it upon herself to text all the other Walking Mentors every Tuesday night to remind them about their mentoring commitment. In other words she mentors the mentors,” Barham said. “Amelia sets her alarm every Wednesday morning to wake up early so she can walk her mentee to school.
“Amelia is a highly energetic, organized mentor so she is always seeking ways to teach character to her partner,” Barham added. “Because of Amelia’s commitment, she has recruited other high school students to get involved.”