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Treadway Elementary creates space for mentoring


LEESBURG – After months of work, the P.E.A.C.E. mentoring program has officially kicked off at Treadway Elementary School with the opening of a special room set aside for students and their mentors to connect and build relationships.


P.E.A.C.E. – Promoting Excellence through Adult and Community Engagement – draws from the support of retirees, high school students, parents, community leaders, church members and business owners. The school has also partnered with the local Elks Lodge and Beacon College, both of which have provided mentors to work with Treadway students. The program currently has 28 mentors and 41 students being served.


“That number is quickly growing as we get the word spread around the community,’’ said Melissa Meadows, director of the program.


With generous community donations, the school purchased paint, furniture, artwork and games for the mentor room. “It serves as a central location for our students and their mentors to congregate and enjoy quality time together,’’ Meadows said. “There has already been a boost in self-esteem and more effort in academic areas since the program has begun.”