Governor praises Seaford District HOSTS programs

Gov. Thomas Carper visited the Seaford School District on Nov. 2 to pay tribute to the Help One Student to Succeed (HOSTS) program taking place in four schools in the district.
Gov. Carper visited the new programs taking place in the middle school and Fred Douglass. During the visits, the governor took time to sit down and talk and work with students. He later attended a recognition reception at the middle school attended by HOSTS volunteers, HOSTS coordinators, teachers, and school district administrative staff.
Gov. Carper, who was introduced at the reception by Jean Shepherd, the HOSTS support specialist for the region, spoke about the importance of mentoring and how successful the program has been statewide. Carper, who himself is a mentor, challenged each mentor in attendance to recruit one new mentor.

In the HOSTS program, students receive additional help outside of the classroom with reading, writing, and math (middle school only) with mentors four days a week.
Each student has a team of mentors who stay with the student the entire school year.
Mentors include high school students and community members who volunteer at least one-half four each week.
There are 200 students and more than 750 volunteer mentors taking part in the HOSTS program at four schools in the Seaford School District, according to Cathy VanSciver, who helps to coordinate volunteer recruitment for the school district.
She said that the Fred Douglass Intermediate School has started a new program this year for fourth and fifth graders, and the Seaford Middle School has added the district's first HOSTS math program.
Students from first through eighth grade can now take part in the program.
HOSTS coordinators are as follows: Central Elementary - Betsey Godfrey and Shirley Roach; West Seaford - Dot Rider and Margie Showard; Fred Douglass - Tammy Steele and Carolyn Calhoun; Middle School - Renee Clarke, Jean Briggs-Johnson, and Julie Rigby.
The program is also in need of volunteers. Phone Cathy VanSciver at 629-8740 for more information.