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Amy Wurpts letter: Note the positive impact of Madison

With all of the recent media coverage surrounding Madison Elementary School, I would like to offer another perspective based on my experience at Madison. I manage The Big Brother Big Sister School Mentoring Program at Madison School through The V...

With all of the recent media coverage surrounding Madison Elementary School, I would like to offer another perspective based on my experience at Madison. I manage The Big Brother Big Sister School Mentoring Program at Madison School through The Village Family Service Center. Because of my role at the school, I have the opportunity to visit Madison School several times a week.

The faculty and staff at Madison School care a great deal about their students. This is evident to me as I walk down the hall and notice teachers helping students with schoolwork after school and creating special learning projects in their classrooms. Madison offers many opportunities for learning to students, many of which extend beyond the 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. school day. Students at the school are able to participate in reading and literacy programs, have homework assistance after school, participate in after-school sports, art clubs, and media clubs, along with many other special programs. There is even an open library night once a month that gives families a chance to spend time together using the resources at Madison to read and learn.

The faculty and staff have welcomed volunteer mentors to the school to serve as role models and friends to students. None of these things would be possible without faculty and staff who are dedicated to the learning and development of all the students who attend the school.

The students at Madison School should also be commended for all of the work they do to make their school a better place. Madison has an active student council and leadership group. Older students at the school serve as peer tutors for younger students on a regular basis. Students broadcast a daily morning news program covering current events. Students in the mentoring program are excellent hosts to adult mentors who volunteer their time to spend an hour a week with them at school.

I encourage the community to acknowledge all of the ways that Madison School already positively impacts the lives of students, and to show support for future projects that will enhance the learning of the children at Madison.

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Amy Wurpts

Case manager

The Village Family Service Center

Fargo

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