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The Holyoke Tutor/Mentor program connects volunteers to adult education classes in Holyoke.



Maybe I'm being a classic, recognition-seeking millennial.

But I think the world needs more gold stars.

And high fives.

And positive reinforcement.

I love the big celebration with certificates and flowers and press release for our students and tutors of the year. But that's a long way away, and while I may bend my own rules and celebrate two students, or two tutors, I can't make everyone who deserves it the students/tutor/something of the year. 

And besides, there's a lot of high five worthy actions that get forgotten at annual award time.

… the person who welcomed the new kid

… the person who said the right thing and lightened the tough situation

… the person who is calmly helpful with that stressful task

… the person who achieved a goal they've been working towards

At HTM we work with a great group of people: wonderful teachers, awesome studentsdedicated volunteers.

And, I can't control the world supply of gold stars, but  I can give out a few to these deserving people.

So, friends, this year when that student, volunteer, teacher, colleague does something that deserves a high five, or a 'you rock' or a 'thank you', would you

a) Tell them? (I'm sure they'll be thrilled)

b) Tell me, and I'll give them an official HTM gold star.


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