A Job Well Done

Dear B&B Mentors,

Thank you for a wonderful semester. Our program could NOT run without your dedication each and every week throughout the semester.  It is easy to overlook how much of a positive difference you make, which extends past the individual students you mentor, to their families and the surrounding community.  Our service not only helps broaden our own horizons but also represents our school in a positive light throughout St. Louis.  In effect, we have bettered ourselves, those around us, and our current home.  Being a role model and a mentor is an honorable and rewarding task – be proud of yourself.

We hope you had a meaningful and fun experience in B&B, and we hope to see you again next semester.  Returning mentors are extremely valuable to ensure the continued success of our program since you guys already know the ropes.  If you are a graduating senior, we will miss you but please stop reading this and go enjoy your last few weeks here.  And to those of you who came to our Field Trip yesterday, thank you so much for helping out.  It was a huge success and a great way to culminate a semester of hard work.

All The Best,
The Books & Basketball Team
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Week 9 Updates: 4/14 -4/20

Hey Mentors!
Here are your weekly updates from the Books & Basketball Team:

1. General Updates
-Save the date for the B&B Field Trip on Wednesday, April 24th from 3-7pm. Please let us know when you will be able to attend: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ak7hzO2EzzKldG5TZ19ubGw1c0VteG01UjdsOHFsUHc#gid=0

-We will be hosting a game booth at the ThurtenE carnival. We would appreciate if you could stop by for a short period of time to help us run the booth. Sign up here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsYSpmKD3NjHdDZibk9KRE1GeDVDSjFKY2xibVNlNUE#gid=
0

-Mentor Supervisors: please continue filling out the Attendance/UCS forms.

2. Mentor of the Week: Abigail King, WashU Class of 2015
-Keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview with Abby in the next weekly update!

3. Interview with the Previous Mentor of the Week: Bobby Stannell, WashU Class of 2015

Bobby
When did you first start doing Books & Basketball?
“Last semester. I knew a lot of people involved and wanted to be a part of it.”

What is your favorite Books & Basketball moment?
“At the beginning of the fall semester there was a student who would throw terrible fits and I would pull him aside and work with him one on one. He would yell at me and tell me he hated me. Then, about the fourth time I went to his school, he jumped up out of his seat when I got there and ran and gave me a huge hug.”

What would you say to someone thinking about doing Books & Basketball?
“Definitely get involved, and do it with a group of friends if you’re nervous about not knowing anyone. Either way, the kids are so friendly that it doesn’t really matter who you go with, you’ll end up talking to the kids the whole time.”

Do you have any tips you would give to other mentors regarding being a better mentor?
“Show up every week. Kids notice when you’re not there and they ask about you, so clearly it means a lot to them. Don’t give up or write off difficult kids. Also never believe them when they say they don’t have homework.”

Why do you think it is important to do Books & Basketball and be involved with the greater St. Louis community?
“It’s important to be a role model, or at least help out a bit where you can. Often times the parents are unable, for one reason or another, to help out their kids with homework so it’s important for mentors to pick up where the teachers left off. Additionally, many kids are much more willing to learn from someone that they don’t see as an authority figure like their parents or teachers, so mentors can fill that role as well.”

3.  Quote of the Week: “The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.” -Unknown

Thank you for your commitment to B&B and improving the lives of our students!
-The Books and Basketball Team

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Week 7 Updates: 3/25 – 3/30

Hey Mentors!
Here are your weekly updates from the Books & Basketball Team:

1. General Updates
-B&B resumes this week!
-Save the date – B&B Field Trip on Wednesday, April 24th from around 3-7pm.
-Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming sign-up form to help man our ThurtenE Carnival booth.
-Thanks to those of you who applied to our exec board – you should hear back from us soon!
-New blog for mentors integrated into website – “Why Do You B&B?” We encourage you to share your B&B stories!
http://wustlbooksandbasketball.com/announcements/mentor-blog/

2. Quote of the Week:  “Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change. It’s the realization that we can.” -Shawn Achor

Thank you for your commitment to B&B and improving the lives of our students!
-The Books and Basketball Team

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B&B Benefit Day at Chill Froyo

Books and Basketball is hosting a fundraiser with Chill Frozen Yogurt!

When: This upcoming Sunday, 3/17 from noon-9pm.
Where: Chill Froyo in Clayton.  7610 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105
http://chillfrozenyogurts.com/

Come “chill” with your friends, meet fellow mentors, and support your favorite organization!

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Week 5 Updates: 3/3 – 3/9

Hey Mentors!
Here are your weekly updates from the Books & Basketball Team:

1. General Updates
-There will not be any B&B from 3/11 to 3/22 due to WashU’s spring break and then St. Louis Public Schools’ spring break. We will resume the week of 3/25.
-Applications for our exec board are now available!  Please fill out the following form by Friday, March 22nd:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OKGfSNNGtwwpMwVhpe7H-VM_zFJEhtNtABS59CIIpLQ/viewform
-New blog for mentors integrated into website – “Why Do You B&B?” We encourage you to share your B&B stories!
http://wustlbooksandbasketball.com/announcements/mentor-blog/
-Chill Frozen Yogurt Benefit Night tentatively planned for the evening of Sunday, 3/17.
-Our new apparel has arrived! You can place an order by emailing wustlbooksandbasketball@gmail.com or by finding one of your exec members around campus.

2. Interview with Previous Mentor of the Week: Melissa Gilkey, WashU Class of 2015
MOW-Melissa Gilkey
When did you first start doing Books & Basketball?
“I first started doing B&B last year as a freshman. I joined with some basketball girls and heard great things about it so I wanted to get involved.”

What is your favorite Books & Basketball moment?
“My favorite moment had to have been one of my first days as a mentor. A few little girls ran up to me and grabbed my hand the second the teacher said they were free to play and they were so excited to start a game with me. It was cool to see how much they look up to kids our age and how we can so easily brighten their day.”

What would you say to someone thinking about doing Books & Basketball?
“I would say sign up! It’s not a huge time commitment and such a great opportunity to help give back to the community in a fun environment.”

Do you have any tips you would give to other mentors regarding being a better mentor?
“My tip is just to be cognizant of your actions and stay aware of what a big impact you can have on kids. Often times I forget how easy it is to be a big influence on a child’s life, but then I think back to when I was that young and how I wanted to do everything like my older siblings. It’s a similar situation because these kids look up to you.”

Why do you think it is important to do Books & Basketball and be involved with the greater St. Louis community?
“I think B&B is very important because it allows us to work in an environment that can be very different from the one we experience growing up. Understanding life outside our own personal experience is a big part of being able to empathize with others and see things from a different perspective.”

3. Mentor of the Week: David Wang, WashU Class of 2015
-Keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview with David in the next weekly update!

4. Quote Of The Week: “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand.  The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” -Alexander Graham Bell

Thank you for your commitment to B&B and improving the lives of our students!
-The Books and Basketball Team

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Week 2 Updates: 2/10 – 2/16

Hey Mentors!
Here are your weekly updates from the Books & Basketball Team:

1. General Updates
-No B&B on Monday, February 18th due to Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day)
-Mentor of the Week to be selected, interviewed, and showcased on website!
-Video of the week to be posted on website
-B&B recruitment video nearing completion
-Site Directors & Mentor Supervisors: please continue submitting Attendance and “Ups, Challenges, and Solutions” of your respective day

2. New Collaborations In The Making
The following are collaborations that we are working on this semester. We will keep you posted on upcoming developments!
-Hoops Day with ThurtenE
-Project Blacktop
-Kappa Karaoke
-Friday Funday (bringing back the tradition!)
-Basketball Clinic
-Chill Frozen Yogurt benefit night for B&B

3. Apparel 
-New B&B line should be in by February 20th – get pumped & spread the word!
-Working toward integration of online shop into website
http://wustlbooksandbasketball.com/announcements/bb-apparel/

4. Quote Of The Week
“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.” -Soren Kierkegaard

Thank you for your commitment to B&B and improving the lives of our students!
-The Books and Basketball Team

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