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Mentoring program has big growth spurt

For information on becoming part of the Prime Time Mentoring program on the West Plains contact Jessica Deutsch, 509-342-0747 or email: For other information on the mentoring program contact Alise Mnati, 509-828-9950 or email:


Paul Delaney

Prime Time Mentoring volunteer coordinator Jessica Deutsch, seen outside of Salnave Elementary School, helps coordinate the newly expanded program in the Cheney School District.

In a twist on the old "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" axiom, those that run the Prime Time Mentoring program might want to promote the importance of what they do with their own catchy line.

An hour a week may pave the way, perhaps?

"If you mentor an at-risk child four hours a month, which we're doing at the lunches in the elementary (schools) they will more likely graduate," Alise Mnati, the program's quality director said.

With that in mind, Communities in Schools of Spokane County is working to expand its reach with more mentoring. And there's both a significant emphasis and growth...

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