Early Risers: Mentors Focus on Respect, Leadership and Educational Success at the Elementary School Level

Shown above are mentors Antoine Mickle, Principal Sponsor Darrell Perry and Marlon Smith standing with their mentees.

Duval County Public School Educational Benefits Representative Antoine Mickle is always on the lookout for young men to mentor.
After communicating with Timucuan Elementary School Principal Darrell Perry, Mr. Mickle began mentoring students at Timucuan Elementary School #98.
The program, “Project Respect: Leadership and Ambassador’s Program”, was started two years ago and provides assistance with enhancing leadership qualities and mentorship opportunities.

The diverse team of students meet with mentors, once a week during lunch periods and once a month on early release Wednesdays. Project Respect mentors provide a practical approach to supporting 10 to 15 fourth and fifth grade students with a developmental and educational program that can help them achieve their greatest academic, social, personal and physical well-being.

Through one on one interaction, students develop problem-solving, leadership, creative and critical thinking skills in a structured school atmosphere. The program’s goal is to instill a sense of responsibility through community service and service projects. Students will also develop an understanding of geography, politics, and economics gaining global perspectives and becoming better prepared to understand the world around them.

“I’m so proud of these young men. I’ve been following them since 2nd grade and they have become outstanding leaders in and out the school. That’s why we chose them,” said Mickle.

The young men earn leadership pins and will be monitored until they leave high school and then will be assisted with college applications. They also help with Christmas items and family needs.

For more information on how to assist or support this program, contact Timucuan Elementary School #98 Principal Darrell Perry at (904) 573-1130.

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