District 201 upperclassmen get motivational boost to mentor freshmen

troglioUpperclassmen from Morton East and Morton West High Schools who are participating in the Freshman Mentor Program (FMP) gathered in Morton West’s Auditorium to listen to motivational speaker Steve Troglio. Troglio is the founder and director of Teen Reach, Inc., an organization that is dedicated to reaching the youth of our country with a message of hope and encouragement.

His message was one of leadership and the unique opportunity that the upperclassmen have as mentors to help the incoming freshmen. Troglio encouraged the students to take what they have learned over the course of their academic careers at Morton East and Morton West and share it with the new students in order to allay some of the anxiety that comes with attending a new school.

“Research shows freshman year is critical for many students,” President of District 201’s Board of Education, Jeff Pesek, said. “If they fall behind academically early on or lose interest in school because they don’t fit in, they are more likely to fail to meet graduation requirements or drop out. The FMP is just another way in which we try to help our students to succeed.”

The Freshman Mentor Program (FMP) provides each freshman with a supportive environment that helps ease their adjustment from junior high to high school. The personal, social and academic growth of each freshmen student is nurtured through an ongoing orientation that includes information about school policies, procedures and programs, academic and social counseling and relationship building through upperclassmen mentors.

The program provides each freshman with an advisory which meets three days per week for thirty minutes during lunch and a support group consisting of student advisors and a supportive paraprofessional. The FMP allows freshman to gradually acclimate to Morton High Schools and their traditions, policies, procedures, programs, and opportunities.

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