Duane MillerCoach-A-Kid Enid
|Enid community leader Duane Miller, a volunteer for Coach-A-Kid, 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. They are joined by Miller’s mentee, Steven. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Coach-A-Kid Enid Mentoring Program has selected Enid business and community leader Duane Miller as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
Miller, who is chief financial officer for INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Hospital, has volunteered for over a year with Coach-A-Kid. He started meeting with his mentee, Steven, last year when the boy was in third grade. Steven’s mother was so pleased with her son’s progress that she requested Duane as her son’s mentor for a second year.
“Mr. Miller has helped improve Steven’s academic achievement with a focus on reading and math,” said Carla Burdick, program coordinator. “His mentoring has helped Steven build self-esteem, self-motivation and self-determination. Their mentoring time has established a positive relationship and a bond between them.”
As a positive role model, Duane has encouraged Steven to discuss educational concerns and overcome negative behaviors. Garfield Elementary Principal Jennifer Cruz has noticed the improvement. “Mr. Miller has put Steven’s needs first and foremost in their mentoring relationship,” she said.
“Duane Miller’s mentoring should be held in the highest regard,” Burdick added. “He is giving of himself as a mentor and to the Enid community as a whole.”
Coach-A-Kid Enid Mentoring Program is a new partnership between the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, Enid Public Schools and the Enid Metro Commission. The program’s mission is to improve students’ academic achievement with a focus on reading and math, to build self-esteem, establish positive relationships and to help children overcome negative behaviors.