The spotlight shone bright on May 21st at the Delco Center, as the Seedling Foundation's 10th Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon honored the dedication and caring hearts of our fabulous volunteer mentors.
SaulPaul, a Musician with a Message, began our celebration as keynote speaker, sharing his personal story of triumph over adversity. Encouraging "education not incarceration" SaulPaul's mission is to impact the hearts and minds of young people through live performances using his voice, his story, and his guitar. Through engaging song, SaulPaul brought meaningful appreciation to our Seedling mentors, affirming that they are ALL stars!
A highlight of our celebration each year is the recognition and acknowledgement of our mentors' volunteer spirit. It is awe-inspiring to witness the dedication and commitment our mentors have for children, as they stand when their years of service are announced. This year, the Seedling Foundation was thrilled to recognize four mentors whose volunteer service has extended 10 years. A very special thanks to all of our mentors. You have made it possible for over 600 children to experience the caring relationship of a Seedling mentor this year.
Seedling Mentees Win Scholarship Award
Through generous donations, the Seedling Foundation has had the privilege of offering our 8th grade Seedling mentees an opportunity to compete for a $5000.00 scholarship for higher education, to be bestowed upon graduation. We are proud to announce that 5 Seedling mentees were awarded the prize this year. Please enjoy some thoughts and declarations from the 2015 winning essays.
"No doubt my mom and grandpa would be the proudest of me if I were to win this scholarship. The main reason my mom immigrated to the United States was for my future, so I could grow up and have a better education and be successful in life."
"I think it's important for all kids to have adults they can count on.....I will never forget anything I have learned from my mentor. We have known each other for 10 years, why not another 10?"
"I know for sure that I am going to make something out of my life. My main focus is school. I love learning new things. I respect my teachers because I know they work hard to give me an education."
"I would set an example for my little brother. Then, perhaps he can go to college too and see all the educational advantages available to him. I have heard that one generation can change the direction a family goes. I want to be that person for my family."
"My mentor is there to guide me. She empowers me to see my possible future and believe it can be obtained. My mentor has been the best for helping me through my hard life."