Cheryl Henley

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day

Cheryl Henley

Students Striving for Success, El Reno Public School Foundation, El Reno

Cheryl Henley of Yukon is being recognized for selflessly giving her time and love to her mentees as a four-year volunteer of Students Striving for Success, a school-based mentoring program sponsored by the El Reno Public School Foundation.

Henley, a retired floral designer, is a potter for the Paseo Pottery Gallery in Oklahoma City. She drives quite a distance each week to spend time with her two mentees Blake and David, both third-graders at Lincoln Learning Center in El Reno.

“When Cheryl arrives at the school, her students are beyond excited to see her,” said Brooke Robertson, community outreach director for El Reno Public Schools. “They work very hard during their class time to show her what they have learned.”

Henley enjoys reading books, doing word searches and playing games with the boys. As an artist, she goes the extra mile to organize creative activities to share with her mentees.

“It warms my heart whenever I see them during mentoring time reading, laughing and communicating with each other,” Robertson added. “Cheryl is making a difference in the lives of these students. She is very encouraging, fun and consistent – rarely missing a session. She is a very positive role model for everyone involved in the program.”

About the Program: Students Striving for Success is a volunteer mentoring organization in partnership with El Reno Public Schools and the El Reno Public School Foundation.  The program matches community volunteers with students in grades 1 through 7 based upon interest, experience and need.  Mentors commit to spend 40 to 60 minutes per week one-on-one with their assigned student.