Coyote Call, the Anna Mentor Program, just like the Marines, is looking for a few good men and women to step up and join the ranks.
"We are beginning our 10th year with the Coyote Call program," said Jim Rountree, best described as ‘the mentor of mentors’. "We have 22 men and women mentors that will be mentoring 22 Anna students between sixth and 12th grades, but we really need 10 new mentors."
This year, the program will be focusing on getting more students from the Middle School.
So what exactly is a mentor?
Well, you probably can remember someone positive from your childhood who made a significant, positive impact on your life. That person gave you extra attention, encouragement and above all, believed in you. It could have been a family member or someone outside your family.
That, in very simple terms, defines a mentor.
"Our objective is to be a friend to the student, help them in making healthy life decisions and assist them in understanding what careers might be available to them," explained Rountree.
Each mentor is required to meet with their student at least once a month and stay with them until they leave the school district, either by graduation or moving out of the district.
The program members have taken field trips to Texas Instruments in Sherman, Alcatel, hospitals in Sherman and McKinney, Collin and Grayson County facilities and the University of North Texas in Denton. They have also adopted the Anna Red Nature Trail and clean it every month.
The 22 Anna Coyote Call mentors are: Laval Ezell, Rhonda Stultz, Yoli Miranda, Ed Thomas, Art Atteberry, Tina Johnson, Jamie Abercrombie, Jerry Purkaple, Debbie Dumas, Bosque Moore, Jim Rountree, Rod Walnofer, Roland Forester, Buddy Powell, Melody Fletcher, Jim Butterworth, April Morrison, Sara Cox, Lauren Lovato, Karen Burton, Angie Davis, Jerry Wassom, Carol Butterworth and Saran Jones.
If you are interested in the program and would like more information contact either Rhett Box at 972-924-1000 or Jim Rountree at 972-924-3202.