|Pryor High School junior Anthony Martinez (center), a volunteer for the school’s Special Tigers Club, 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. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Special Tigers Club
Pryor Public Schools has selected high school junior Anthony Martinez as the outstanding mentor for the Special Tigers Club, a mentoring group he helped create more than three years ago to serve Pryor students with special needs.
“Anthony has the definition of a servant’s heart,” said Evett Barham, Pryor High School Leadership teacher and Student Council adviser. “He helped start the Special Tigers Club, a student group that works with severe and profound needs students through mentorships.”
Each club member is partnered with a special needs student, and together they accomplish various projects, Barham said. For example, for Epilepsy Awareness Month, Anthony helped his mentee make an awareness poster to post at their school.
“Anthony is dependable, loyal, consistent, and very patient,” Barham said. “Anthony loves creating a welcoming environment and shares awareness of special needs with his high school and community.”
In addition to mentoring for the Special Tigers Club, Anthony mentors for two other programs: EleMENTORy, which matches Pryor High School students with elementary students for one hour each week, and Roosevelt Readers, which pairs Pryor High School baseball players with elementary students for weekly reading sessions. Anthony is also passionate about sports and plays football and basketball in addition to baseball.“Anthony is a young man who truly has a heart for people,” Barham added.