Brad PoseyMerritt Mentors, Elk City
Merritt Mentors is honoring Brad Posey, a retired manufacturing plant manager, as its Merrit Mentor of the Year. Posey has been matched for more than three years with Joshua, 10, becoming a vital part of the boy’s life.
“Brad was selected because of his compassion not only for mentoring but also for his mentee,” said Devon Cantrell, program director. “From the very beginning, Brad has treated Joshua as one of his own grandsons. Mentoring for Brad is a priority in his week rather than an option. He came into Joshua's life at a point when Joshua needed someone the most.”
Cantrell said Joshua lifts his head a little higher and smiles a little bigger because of his mentor. "The smile that is on the Joshua’s face when he sees Brad says it all.”
Posey and Joshua can often be found in the mentor room at school, playing games, learning about animals, or having a Nerf battle. They also meet outside of school to go fishing or watch sporting events.
“Brad has gone above and beyond as a mentor and encourager to Joshua,” Cantrell added. “The bond they developed happened very quickly, and it has been a joy to watch them over the last few years.”
About the Program: Merritt Mentors was launched in 2015 by Merritt Public Schools to serve pre-K through 12th-grade students in need. Mentors meet 30 minutes each week with their students. Local companies sponsor supplies for mentor rooms, which are located at the elementary school and high school. Mentors and mentees also do recreational activities outside of school.