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By Jason Bethke

Professional Excellence Attributed to Childhood Mentors

11/26/12


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Olympian Dawn Harper and St. Louis Rams and Pro-bowler Quintin Mikell

Crediting mentors and tutors on helping them achieve success, Olympian Dawn Harper and St. Louis Rams and Pro-bowler Quintin Mikell addressed the student body at Soldan International Studies High School on the importance of education and asking for help.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Soldan High School, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Dawn Harper and St. Louis Rams Safety Quintin Mikell were announced as United Way’s Education Express ambassadors.

“In 8th grade my mother told me if I did not bring my grades up, I would never run again,” Dawn told the crowd. “To this day I still ask people for help.”

Quintin shared he had tutors in high school and college for math (he later wowed an algebra class with his math skills) and said, “If you need a mentor or tutor go out and get one, don’t be afraid.” He also asked all adults to become mentors and tutors.

In their role as Education Express ambassadors, Dawn and Quintin will promote the importance of education and mentoring to the St. Louis region by assisting in recruiting 2,000 local mentors, tutors, homework helpers and reading partners through United Way of Greater St. Louis.

“Students at Soldan International Studies High School were fired up during the pep rally,” said Cheryl Polk, executive VP and chief strategy and engagement officer, United Way of Greater St. Louis. “Having Dawn Harper and Quintin Mikell to energize the students around education was very exciting.  Each of their personal stories about the mentors and tutors that they had in their lives was very inspiring. Dawn and Quintin are perfect ambassadors for Education Express.”

Education Express is an initiative of United Way of Greater St. Louis that recruits mentors, homework helpers and tutors from throughout the region. The program works with schools, agencies and organizations that seek to improve student academics and behavior.

United Way’s Education Express is working with partner organizations throughout the community with the goal of recruiting 2,000 volunteers by 2014.

Examples of how you can make a difference in a child’s future:
·         Provide homework help at an after-school program
·         Read to kids at an elementary school
·         Mentor at an agency or school
·         Tutor a student preparing for college 

To get involved with Education Express, call 314-539-4063 or go online to www.education-express.org

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