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February 18, 2014

Norman-area mentors honored at Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY — Six Norman-area residents are among 52 outstanding Oklahoma mentors who were honored Jan. 15 during the second annual Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol presented by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.

Local honorees, Katherine “Katie” Recer, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Don Nicholson II, Oklahoma Lawyers for Children; Michael McCoy, University of Oklahoma Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program; Caitlin Porterfield, OU K20 Center Gear Up for the Promise; Kim Graves Wolfinbarger, OU School of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Deborah Binkley-Jackson, OU Project Threshold.

“The goal of Oklahoma Mentor Day is to recognize outstanding mentors from all types of youth mentoring organizations around the state and to provide fun, educational activities for the honorees and their mentees to share,” said Beverly Woodrome, director of the Boren Mentoring Initiative. “Mentor Day also draws attention to the value of mentoring and the tremendous impact that mentors make in their mentees’ lives.” Mentor Day is held in conjunction with National Mentoring Month in January.

The initiative, named for foundation founder and chairman David L. Boren and his wife, Molly, grew out of Boren’s own commitment to mentoring and the proven impact that mentoring can have on a student’s success in and out of the classroom. The initiative was launched in 2006 to promote the growth and development of quality youth mentoring programs statewide. Since then, more than 100 Oklahoma mentoring organizations have joined the foundation’s network.

Mentoring Day honorees were selected by their respective programs within the Mentoring Initiative network. Each recipient received a Certificate of Recognition signed by Boren. The award presentations, which took place in the House of Representatives’ Chambers, were made by Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Les Risser of Norman. Past president and trustee Patti Mellow of Oklahoma City read descriptions about each outstanding mentor.

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