Ohio Northern University students have gained valuable experience while mentoring elementary students.
According to the ONU Facebook page, for the past two years, Ohio Northern has partnered with Kenton Elementary to run Club the grant-funded program, and it has been a great opportunity for ONU education students to both hone their skills and realize the true importance of their profession.
Club ROAR takes places after school at Kenton Elementary for 45 minutes two days a week. During each session, elementary students are broken up into groups, or “clubs,” of five to 10 students and spend time doing different activities under the direction of college students.
The outcomes for ONU students have been well worth it. A total of 12 ONU students across multiple disciplines participated in Club ROAR this past school year, with two returning for their second year. One student who graduated in December was even hired by Kenton Elementary School as a long-term substitute, in part due to her involvement with Club ROAR.