Tuesday, February 11, 2014

B.I.S.O.N. Mentors Come & Go Appreciation Day

  The B.I.S.O.N. Mentors recently held a come and go luncheon to show their appreciation to all of the adults involved with the mentoring program.  The Leedey Faculty and Staff were invited to attend as well, since this program could not be a success without their support and involvement.  The day was filled with much laughter and funny stories, as everyone munched on delicious finger foods of all types and feasted on a beautifully decorated cake, displaying our motto for the year—“Mentoring Works!”  Forty mentors of the 58 total were able to show up and partake in the fun festivities for the day.  Many of Leedey’s local businesses very generously donated super door prizes.  A list of those merchants and winners can be found at the end of this article.  Drink vouchers for the mentors to use with their mentees was donated by the Bison Short Stop, and Gore’s Gotta Go donated a $5 Sonic gift card to every mentor, as well as every Leedey faculty and staff member.  A sign was posted in the office where the luncheon occurred, honoring our Mentor of the Year, Robetha Fariss and her mentee, Chassidy Ray.  A poster was also made paying tribute to Ted Fariss, a mentor that recently passed away from cancer.  Ted was a mentor to Tony Hahn.  The B.I.S.O.N. Mentors acronym stands for Believe In Some One Now.  This is the second year to have the school based program for students ranging in age from Pre-K thru 12th grades.  Mentees are teacher and parent referred, while mentors undergo a thorough background check and screening process.  Matches are discussed and made by the B.I.S.O.N. Mentoring Board of Directors, which includes: Lily Kendall, Deon Kauk, Lake Carpenter, Roy McClendon, Jeannie Craig, Tammi Goodall, and Kris Gore.   To see more pictures and more information about the B.I.S.O.N. Mentors, check out their new blog at www.bisonmentors.blogspot.com 

If you would like to know more information about the B.I.S.O.N. Mentoring program or how to start a mentoring program in your area, please contact Kris Gore at kris@leedey.k12.ok.us or


Door Prize Donors and Winners

Leedey Lumber—Winners: Carrie Gebhardt & Heath Clem

The Bank of the West—Winners: Annie Switzer & Lisa Baker

Serendipity—Winners:  Priscilla Bentley & Marcia Thompson

Kayla’s Salon & Beyond—Winners: Denise Newton & Susan Haxton

Bank of Western Oklahoma—Winner: Kenny Bailey

Leedey Corner Store—Winner: Tony Morlan

Leedey Insurance—Winner: Kristin Brown

Haxton Well Testing—Winner: Robetha Fariss

Leedey Drug—Winner: Micah Whittington

Wild West Insurance—Winner: Debbie Rounds

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