Pinellas holds mentor fair today
Pinellas County Schools is holding its mentor fair today at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater Hotel.
District officials are hoping to recruit about 500 people today to volunteer in the schools. Prospective mentors or volunteers still can attend today. The fair is going on from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the hotel. The hotel 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg.
Sandra Hopkins, a district coordinator, said it's designed to be one-stop shopping. Volunteers can get fingerprinted, select a school and even be paired with a student, simply by attending today. Each school has a table with materials about their schools. People who attend the event receive a map of the county with all of the schools so they can see what might be convenient.
Four training sessions are being held throughout the day, with the last one at the end of the day. The first session drew about 50 people, including superintendent Mike Grego and School Board member Terry Krassner. Grego was signing up to mentor, while Krassner said she was there to encourage people.
Felita Grant Lott, principal of Bay Point Elementary, told attendees that they're looking for a one-year commitment. Ideally, mentors will stay with their students from year to year, she said.
"We have some who are still mentoring students who are in college," she said.