Week of 10/27

Ayo Mentors! Hope mid-semester is going well for everyone, and you guys are pushing through the midterms.

We just want to take this time to remind everyone that coming to BnB at your scheduled time is of utmost importance. Not only are we counting on you, but so are the kids. As you bond with them, they will look forward to seeing your smiling faces on a weekly basis. They truly do miss you, as you will see going forward as kids run across the room to greet you!

This week’s Mentor of the Week is Tom Evashwick!

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1.) When did you first start doing Books & Basketball?
I started doing B&B spring 2011.
2.) What is your favorite Books & Basketball moment?
Just last week, we were playing 3 on 3 basketball, and my roommate was on a team with two second graders. After a couple of minutes, one of the kids cut him from the team, telling him he was too unfocused and undedicated. We all lost it.
3.) What would you say to someone thinking about doing Books & Basketball?
It’s a great opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life, and you will have fun while doing so, I promise. I would definitely recommend coming out if you like working with kids and/or having fun.
4.) Do you have any tips you would give to other mentors regarding being a better mentor?
I think being upbeat and enthusiastic while tutoring is important. If it seems as though you are not enjoying yourself as a mentor, then the kids will definitely be unfocused and less willing to do their work. If are having fun while working, then the kids will do the same.
5.) Why do you think it is important to do Books & Basketball and be involved with the greater St. Louis community?
Getting an education is one of the most important aspects of growing up and being successful, so I believe it is extremely important to give back and help the next generation of our community do well in school. If our professors can help us learn quantum mechanics and political theory, we can surely help second graders take on subtraction.

 

 

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Week of 10/21

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

1. General Updates
-Our gym time is transforming into more organized activities with the use of brand new whistles, team pinnies, and our own basketballs and footballs.
-We are in the process of expanding to new elementary and middle schools in the area – stay tuned for exciting updates!
-Remember, we have a 2 strike policy for attendance. If you cannot attend your weekly mentoring slot, you must have a valid excuse 24 hours in advance and do your best to find a replacement from our alternate list.
-Send in pictures of your B&B experience and tweet at us so we can share your experiences!
-The 300th person to “like” our Facebook page will receive a free B&B t-shirt of their choice!

2. Interview with the Previous Mentor of the Week: Mira Hanfling, WashU Class of 2016
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When did you first start doing Books & Basketball?
“I started doing Books and Basketball last semester, spring of my freshman year.”

What is your favorite Books & Basketball moment?
“My favorite day was last semester when all the kids came to campus for the field day!”

What would you say to someone thinking about doing Books & Basketball?
“I would tell someone thinking about doing Books and Basketball to definitely do it if they like kids. It’s awesome having a break from campus life every week to play with kids and remember there’s a world outside of college.”

Do you have any tips you would give to other mentors regarding being a better mentor?
“I think the best way to be a good mentor is to keep your energy up and try and get the kids to be excited about their work. If they think you’re happy and you want to be there, they will want to be there more and will focus better.”

Why do you think it is important to do Books & Basketball and be involved with the greater St. Louis community?
“It’s super important to get involved in St. Louis because we’re in college to learn about the world and how to make it better in the future, but it’s easy to forget that we can help make St. Louis a better place now.”

3.  Quote of the Week:  “Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.” -Robert South

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 of 10/14

Hope everyone had a great first week of mentoring! Remember to tweet at us and tag us in photos concerning Books and Basketball so we can share it with everyone!

Just a reminder to everyone that if you cannot make your day, please reach out to your day leader promptly and find an alternate.

There is a rumor floating around that Books and Basketball might be expanding to another school in the spring, this might be true! Keep your ears open for this, and possibly shoot a suggestion our way!

To reiterate, please tweet at us and tag us on posts via social media! We want to share your experiences!

Quote of the Week: “It is easier to build strong children than to fix broken men.” -Frederick Douglass

 

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Week of 9/30

Get pumped Mentors, one more week! October 7th is our official start date. Look out for an email from your Mentor Supervisor concerning the details!

Now for the big announcement for this week, like Books and Basketball on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/booksandbasketball?ref=br_tf) and follow us on Twitter @BooksBasketball. Whenever you visit your respective school, take a cute picture or tweet at us something interesting that occurred, and we will retweet it! You can also upload those things to Facebook and tag us so that we can share it on our page! This way you can share your experiences with every other mentor.

Until next week Mentors, keep on keeping on.

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September 16th, 2013

T-minus 1 week to mentoring!

Thank you to all of the mentors that attended the Info Session this past weekend, the turnout was incredible. We had difficulty providing seats for everyone! We also had over $100 in T-Shirt sales on that day alone. It is always encouraging to see the amount of support we receive from members of this university. Books and Basketball is able to function only through the dedication of mentors, and we are excited to see the enthusiasm for this upcoming semester.

Look out for the basketball on your way past the Underpass! The ladies of the executive committee did a fantastic job painting and advertising BnB for prospective mentors. Point it out to your friends as you walk by!

Finally, we are excited to announce that we have a new Faculty Adviser joining us, Ron Cytron! Besides a fantastic name, Professor Cytron possesses a vision for the future of BnB. Lecturing in computer science here on campus, Prof. Cytron is a weekend warrior on the ice, competing in hockey. Say hello when you see him around campus, and check the website in a few days for an updated biography!

Quote of the Week: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but rather imagination.” -ALbert Einstein

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Hype Week!

Hello everyone! This is a very big week for Books and Basketball. To begin with, the executive team was able to land Category 1 Funding.  Essentially, our organization has been approved for unlimited funding from Student Union. We would like to thank all of the mentors for making this possible, for it is through your commitment that we were able to receive this recognition from Student Union. So if you have any friends in SU, give them a thank you shout out!

On to important notes and dates, please remember to attend the Info Session this Saturday, September 14th, in Seigle 104 from 1 pm to 2 pm. This is an extremely important session for all mentors, as we discuss the upcoming semester. If you are not able to attend, please email our President, Nathan Schoen @ nathanschoen@wustl.edu

Please encourage your friends with cars to sign up as well. We have a record high mentors signed up for this semester, and this is prior to our Info Session! We need to give everyone the ability to participate, and it would be quite upsetting if some individuals were left out due to lack of transportation. Tell them all about why you love BnB, and the recent growth it has shown!

Finally, this week is Hype Week! We will be tabling in the DUC this week Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 1 pm! Swing by to sign up, talk about our organization, and buy official Books and Basketball apparel (Bear Bucks accepted). As you walk around campus, you will also see multiple flyers and chalk drawings, make sure to show this to your friends!

We are extremely excited for this year, as should you. Through your dedication we have been able to service the kids of St. Louis that need role models the most in a fun and educational way.  Keep it up, and we hope to see you this Saturday!

Quote of the Week: “One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody” -Mother Theresa

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End of Spring 2013 Semester Updates

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

1. General Updates
-B&B mentoring is over for the Spring 2013 semester. Thank you for all your time and dedication to B&B and our students.
-Keep your eyes peeled for the Fall 2013 sign-up form toward the end of summer.
-Have a wonderful summer break!

2. Interview with the Previous Mentor of the Week: Katybeth Biewen, WashU Class of 2016
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When did you first start doing Books & Basketball?
“I just started second semester of this year.”

What is your favorite Books & Basketball moment?
“I love how excited the kids are to have us there. I remember when I was little I thought it was so cool when I got to hang out with my older sister and her friends so it’s great being able to give that feeling to someone else.”

What would you say to someone thinking about doing Books & Basketball?
“I would tell them that they should definitely try it out. It is totally worth the time you put in because not only is it really fun, but you are making those kids’ days!”

Do you have any tips you would give to other mentors regarding being a better mentor?
“I would just say be patient, and if there is a kid that is struggling make it into a game somehow. Also just be really encouraging!”

Why do you think it is important to do Books & Basketball and be involved with the greater St. Louis community?
“I think it’s important to be reminded that there is a life outside of Wash U, and it kind of puts everything in perspective. I know sometimes I get too wrapped up in everything that is going on here instead of looking at the bigger picture. We are all so fortunate to go to a school like Wash U so we need to give back to the community that it’s in and help little kids get to a point where they can have the same opportunities we had!”

3.  Quote of the Week: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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 10 Updates: 4/21 – 4/27

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

1. General Updates
-Our semiannual B&B Field Trip is this Wednesday, April 24th from 3-7pm on the South 40 Swamp. We have a bunch of relays, games, food, and a dunk contest, so we would love to see you and any of your friends interested in B&B!  Please let us know when you will be able to attend: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ak7hzO2EzzKldG5TZ19ubGw1c0VteG01UjdsOHFsUHc#gid=0

-Thanks to everyone who helped out with our ThurtenE game booth – it was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without your help!

-This is the last week of B&B for the semester – have fun and end on a good note!

2. Mentor of the Week: Katybeth Biewen, WashU Class of 2016
-Keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview with Katybeth in the next weekly update!

3. Interview with the Previous Mentor of the Week: Abigail King, WashU Class of 2015
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When did you first start doing Books & Basketball?
“I’ve wanted to be involved with Books and Basketball for quite a while, but this is the first semester my school and work schedule has allowed me to join.”

What is your favorite Books & Basketball moment?
“I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when we walk in the door to the school. It’s very refreshing to know that we can so easily brighten a little kid’s day simply by showing up. I was also very excited when the kids first greeted me by name!”

What would you say to someone thinking about doing Books & Basketball?
“Don’t be afraid to just try it out for a day to see if it is a good fit for you. All of the mentors would wholeheartedly welcome you and the kids would love to have another person they can ask to give them piggyback rides! I’m pretty sure that after one day you’ll be hooked.”

Do you have any tips you would give to other mentors regarding being a better mentor?
“Try to be very patient with them! Challenge them to find the correct answers on their own, but positively encourage them and help them along on the way to that answer. Also, have fun with them!”

Why do you think it is important to do Books & Basketball and be involved with the greater St. Louis community?
“Being able to be a role model for the kids is so special and so rewarding. I remember how much I looked up to the “older kids” when I was their age, so having the opportunity to be the older kid for these young children was a chance I knew I had to take advantage of. I also think we can so easily become content with staying within the WashU bubble, but by volunteering with Books and Basketball in the greater St. Louis community it can remind us how we are just a small part of a larger community that would definitely benefit from a little of our time and effort!”

3.  Quote of the Week: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

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 8 Updates: 4/7 -4/13

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.
-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:
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0

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

3.  Quote of the Week:  “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” -Epicurus

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

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