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Juan Soto, 11, left, and Tyler Steen discuss how having an in-school mentor this year has influenced Soto’s work and performance at Willmar Middle School. Steen is part of the Check and Connect program that matches volunteer mentors from the Middle School’s staff with students who may need a little guidance in their lives. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar Middle School developing mentoring program that aims to keep students in school


WILLMAR - Willmar Middle School has a program that hopes to catch kids before they fall through the cracks and head toward dropping out of school. Check and Connect matches volunteer mentors from the school’s staff with kids who seem to need a little guidance in their lives. The program isn’t for kids who are in trouble all the time. In fact, some of those chosen for the program aren’t troublemakers at all.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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