|El Reno High School senior Summer Guthrie, a volunteer for 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, El Reno Public SchoolsSummer Guthrie, a senior at El Reno High School, has been selected by her peers as the outstanding mentor for Teen Trendsetters in El Reno.
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 receive online reading and leadership training.
“Summer is just a natural with kids,” said mentoring director Brooke Robertson. “Her kind demeanor and encouraging attitude put kids at ease and they instantly become comfortable with her.”
Summer meets twice a week with Jaxon, a first-grader, for an hour of reading together and supplemental reading activities. “Summer has the patience of Job when it comes to him and their time together,” Brooke said.
Summer is ever present, sounding out words and making sure Jaxon understands what he is reading. When Jaxon is lost or confused, Summer will explain, show pictures or draw an image that will help Jaxon understand a story or concept better.
“Summer will go above and beyond to make sure Jaxon is learning and that his reading is improving,” Brooke said. “It is perfectly clear that Summer makes learning fun. Jaxon is laughing and smiling most of the time. He realizes that learning can be fun and when you can read, anything is possible!”