Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

December 7, 2012

Mentors from Effingham come together for Christmas party


The Unit 40 Mentorship Program and Effingham County Big Brothers Big Sisters held their Christmas parties Thursday, gathering mentors, children and families together.

The gathering at the Effingham Performance Center, which featured refreshments, opportunities for family pictures and a performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Three Chicks and a Stage. 

"It's just a wonderful night," said Christy Mesnard, program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Effingham County. "We all get to come out and have a little fun. A lot of these kids might not have the opportunity to normally come to the Performing Arts Center and it's a nice way to all gather together."

The night provides something of an end-of-the-year gathering for all those involved with the program and a time to reflect on the year.

"It's helped me with my schooling," said Kameron Myers, who has had a mentor for five years. "I have somebody to talk to."

The night also gives mentors a chance to see the families they have effected through the program.

"I mentor a little boy at Central Grade School," said Rick Bullard of Altamont. "We're buddies. We have a really good relationship. He just needs to have somebody to talk to. He needs a friend so for lunch, we can do or talk about whatever he wants."

Bullard said the program has given him a way to impact a student's life in a very real way. 

"You just never know what kind of life a kid has," he said. "If I can help him with anything, that's great."

While local mentoring programs have assisted hundreds of students, Mesnard said the Big Brothers Big Sisters still has a waiting list for children in need of a mentor.

Although help is still needed, Mesnard said the community has been very supportive of all local mentoring programs, as well as the Christmas Party.

"We really want to thank Three Chicks and a Stage and the Effingham Performance Center for all they've done," she said. "We just really appreciate all they've done."

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

Text Only
Local News
  • Man fatally shot in Pana standoff, officer wounded

    Illinois State Police(ISP) and Christian County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday, July 29, in rural Christian County that involved ISP SWAT, a Pana Police officer and an armed offender.

    July 29, 2014

  • City to determine contribution A request by Effingham Park District representatives for a million dollars to help construct the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Center is being considered at a special Effingham City Council meeting this evening.Some commissioners questioned

    July 29, 2014

  • 7-29 Filming PRIMARY Effingham grad returns to make film Travis Long says he learned a lot from directing his first full-length feature several years ago.“Kill Me Now was a learning experience, both in shooting and distribution,” the 1998 Effingham High School graduate said.With a full production crew and

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • McCarter.jpg Some lawmakers donate pay

    Illinois lawmakers restoring their pay after years of furlough days has prompted some state representatives to give back to their communities — a move some local lawmakers call a political one.

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • Distance learning catching on in area

    In what appears to be a growing trend among rural school districts, a third area school district may join an existing academic cooperative.

    July 27, 2014

  • Joshua Robison.jpg Opinion: God doesn't care about party affiliation

    Reflecting on what we politely refer to in this country as “political discourse,” I am often struck by how convinced many people seem to be that their sides' specific policies and personalities are the only way to save us all from utter ruin.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ron W.jpg Opinion: Column break just that -- a break

    ‘Hey, Ron. You didn’t have a column this week. What’s the deal? It’s the reason I buy a paper on Thursdays.”

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Isom.jpg Opinion: It's about time

    Finally, someone else speaks up and it’s about time.
    I applaud Ron Worman and welcome him to take a seat on my bandwagon. His addressing the proliferation of signs of every description, virtually everywhere one looks, is a welcome additional voice — even though rare.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Feds: Effingham County was meeting place for underage sex tryst

    An Ohio man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he traveled out of state to meet an underage person in Effingham County for sexual activity.

    July 25, 2014

  • Jail inmate attempts suicide

    An unscheduled cell check is credited for saving the life of an Effingham County Jail inmate who tried to hang himself early Thursday morning.

    July 25, 2014

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.