David ChristopherOklahoman Media Company Mentoring Program
|David Christopher (center), a volunteer for the Oklahoman Media Company’s Mentoring Program in Oklahoma City, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli (right) during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. Christopher, director of marketing for Oklahoman Media Company’s Big Wing Interactive, participates in the company’s mentoring program at Edgemere Elementary School. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
The Oklahoman Media Company Mentoring Program has selected longtime volunteer David Christopher as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
Company employees mentor students in Oklahoma City Public Schools, with an emphasis on learning to read, setting and achieving goals, and building positive self-worth. The most important part of the program is just being a part of their student’s life on a consistent basis.
David, who is director of marketing for Oklahoman Media Company’s BigWing Interactive, has been a mentor for three years through the program and is currently matched to Dakota, a third-grader at Edgemere Elementary School.
“David has gone above and beyond the scope of duty with his mentee this school year,” said Will Gage, Oklahoman Media Company marketing and events coordinator. “David doesn’t just mentor one day a week. He mentors as many days as he possibly can. He even collaborates with Dakota’s teachers to make sure their efforts are in harmony, ensuring Dakota receives the most out of his education.”
Will said David has gone the extra mile to help Dakota to improve his reading skills. He has gotten his wife to get involved in the program, also working with Dakota, and has encouraged his co-workers at BigWing Interactive to volunteer their time, too.
“When I talk with David about the mentoring program there is no denying his genuine care and compassion for the students at Edgemere Elementary,” Will said.