Rick and Arnold

Rick and Arnold have been paired together for five months through the Grand Isle County Mentoring Program.

Rick Baker has been a mentor with the Grand Isle County Mentoring Program for almost two years. He was first matched with a student for a year and a half who moved at the end of the school year. Rick began with his current mentee, Arnold, in September of this year.

What is amazing is what they have done in that short amount of time together. Since September Arnold and Rick have built two bookshelves for the school. They have also built and painted a birdhouse. They made a mailbox for the school and they are building a cork board to surprise the school principal. Their next project is to build a recycling/garbage bin for the school cafeteria.

The principal at Rick’s school described him as dedicated to helping children. He is kind, creative and dedicated to being a mentor for his student. Rick is very happy being a mentor and really allows his mentee to shine. He gives gentle guidance and helps the mentee think for himself. This helps build the child’s self-esteem.

Arnold wasn’t sure he wanted a mentor, but when he found out that Mr. Baker was going to be his mentor, he changed his mind. Rick Baker, who works at the Alburgh School, has made such a difference in Arnold’s life in such a short period of time. It is hard to imagine the things they are going to accomplish together

 – Karen Browning, Grand Isle County Mentoring Program

Rick was a 2019 Vermont Mentor of the Year nominee