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Volunteer mentors inspire academic excellence

Peoria Public Schools is seeking volunteer mentors to participate in Making the Grade Conferencing events, February 19 - 21 and April 29 - May 1. Making the Grade Conferencing pairs community volunteers with 6th and 7th grade students to meet one-on-one to review their latest progress report. Making the Grade Conferencing is a great way for members of the community to reach out to our young people to inspire them to pursue academic excellence.

How does Making the Grade Conferencing work?

During the event, volunteer mentors visit their assigned school to meet with students in one-one-one sessions. During a 10 - 15 minute session with each student, volunteers review the student's grades and discuss topics such as homework, absenteeism, referrals, the student's school experience and planning for the future. 

Why is Making the Grade Conferencing Important?

One-on-one conferencing helps students reflect on their academic performance and motivates them for the rest of the semester. This personalized attention helps students get extra help, if needed. Past conferences have helped identify students who may need enrichment, tutoring, social support or other types of assistance to help them reach their potential. Our goal is to make sure that no student is left behind in his or her schoolwork or "falls through the cracks" of Peoria's support systems.

Please consider helping!

Volunteers participate in a short training session and then typically meet with 8 - 12 students in a two-hour conference event. Making the Grade Conferencing events take place during normal school hours. 

Typical Schedule

Training   8L30 - 8:55 a.m.

Conference Session   9 - 11:15 a.m. 

Upcoming Making the Grade Conferencing Events

Progress reports distributed Friday, February 15, 2019; conferences will be held the week of February 18

  • Lincoln K-8, 7th grade, Tuesday, February 19
  • Sterling Middle School, 6th graders, Wednesday, February 20
  • Roosevelt Magnet School, 6th graders, Thursday, February 21

Progress reports distributed April 26, 2019; conferences will be held the week of April 29, 2019

  • Lincoln K-8, 6th graders
  • Glen Oak Community Learning Center, 6th graders
  • Harrison Community Learning Center, 6th graders
  • Trewyn School, 6th graders


For more information or to RSVP for an event, please contact Sarah Oakford, Peoria Public Schools Foundation Adopt-A-School Coordinator, or call 309-369-0386.