Consider mentoring

To the Editor:

Thank you to Jodelle Greiner for the wonderful Jan. 29 article “Group gives kids attention” and to Chris Englby at our Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School for organizing 19 adults from our community to talk to students about the Top 20 “Communicate You Matter” this week.

The two themes reminded me of a quote and a sure way to kick the winter blues.

“Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” – Elbert Hubbard

Winter is a challenge for a lot of us, but for others the cold dreary days don’t seem to drag them down. What is their secret? Maybe it’s because happiness is a habit and we need to intentionally choose it.

What are some of those choices? How about appreciating what we have, being considerate, forgiving and laughing? Another more important choice would be investing ourselves in friendships and relationships with others.

There is a simple joy in spending time with a child; the smiles and heartaches, the satisfaction of influencing a life. Here in three local mentoring programs, we match kids in our community with caring adults willing to give a boy or girl a helping hand, by showing them consistency and friendship.

Feeling a little blue and drained this winter? Open your heart and your life to a child. Be a mentor.

For more information about becoming a mentor, contact:

o Fairmont Area Kinship; Char Kahler; (507) 238-4440 or (507) 236-4606;

o Martin County Mentoring: Val Jepsen; (507) 238-3117;

o Blue Earth Area Mentoring; Katy Gonzalez; (507) 525-2979;

Char Kahler