|Putnam City West High School senior Ashlyn Blankenship, a volunteer for Putnam City Schools’ Teen Trendsetters mentoring and tutoring program, 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. Teen Trendsetters, a program of the Barbara Bush Foundation on Family Literacy, matches high school students with second-graders for reading activities. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Teen Trendsetters, Putnam City Public SchoolsAshlyn Blankenship, a senior at Putnam City West High School, has been selected as the outstanding mentor for Teen Trendsetters of Putnam City Public Schools.
The program, sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation on Family Literacy, matches high school students one-to-one with first- or second-graders who are at least six months behind their peers in reading. The pairs use Scholastic Brainstorm, a science-based curriculum co-authored by Scholastic and the Bush Foundation. Teen participants also receive online reading and leadership training.
Ashlyn, who is senior class secretary, was nominated as outstanding mentor by Aundrea Reed, student council and mentoring program sponsor.
“Ashlyn is so enthusiastic about mentoring and always has a positive attitude,” Aundrea said. “She is wonderful with her mentee and always makes her feel special. Ashlyn is great with young children, always engaging them and truly interested in their lives. She is a positive role model and would be a great representative of Putnam City West High School as an outstanding mentor.”