At its Sept. 3 meeting, the Exchange Club of Effingham listened to Amy Ambrose speak about the Parent Mentor services program. The members were surprised to learn that more than 1,900 students enrolled in the Effingham County School system have special needs.
An initiative of the Georgia Department of Education, the Parent Mentor program was piloted in 2002 with five parent mentors in five districts. This year there are 103 parent mentors in 92 school districts.
Ambrose’s main goal as Parent Mentor in Effingham County is to team up with parents, schools and the community to improve graduation rates and outcomes for students with disabilities.
Her special needs son was enrolled in the Effingham County School System for 17 years.
The Exchange Club of Effingham County meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at Ameris Bank in Rincon for lunch, fellowship and to hear great speakers.