Destrehan High School is preparing to welcome its new freshman class and 120 students have been invited to serve as mentors for incoming freshmen, modeling the nationally recognized Kick-Off Program.
The program’s goals are to assist schools in improving graduation rates by targeting the factors that lead students to success after high school. Upperclassmen mentors are given the task of helping freshman make a positive transition between the worlds of junior high and high school, while emphasizing the importance of grades, attendance, behavior, and involvement in school activities. The program has been offered at DHS for the past four years.
School officials say it remains highly effective because it is student-led, offers each new student a personal mentor and provides an opportunity for each new student to develop a deep connection to the school. Accroding to faculty the mentors also excel as leaders of the school and contribute to school spirit and a positive climate.
DHS hosted its KOM training seminar for the 2013-14 school year in late June in the school’s library. David Maurer, a national KOM trainer, enacted a series of team-building exercises and lessons that will prepare the students to offer a personalized school experience for new students. Lunch was sponsored by Valero St. Charles.
The group is sponsored by Cori Luquet and Jessica Glass.
On Aug. 8, DHS will host a freshman orientation, and these KOMS will get their first opportunity to serve as school ambassadors. For more information call (985)764-9946.