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Myrtie Foster Award - September 2012

Recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the facility and children at Foster Home for Children.

"“You can’t fathom the value and significance of the Tarleton students’ work with our volunteers, staff and children,” Glenn Newberry, president and CEO of Foster’s Home for Children, said when presenting the awards. “Never in 20 years have we had this level of involvement and support from Tarleton State University, but we’ve had college students flock to our halls and we’re proud of our relationship with Tarleton and their presence on our campus.”

Tarleton Mentors was formed five years ago on campus and boasts approximately 70 members, said Laura Prewitt, founder and president of the student organization. Established by several agriculture students with experience in raising livestock for exhibition, Prewitt said Tarleton Mentors began as a volunteer group to assist Foster’s Home children with their 4-H animal projects.

Since then, the Tarleton Mentors, under the guidance of adviser Dr. Barry Lambert, has grown in membership with students from all academic disciplines and now help with numerous duties at Foster’s Home each week such as assisting with laundry, cleaning of the residential group care homes, reading and tutoring, and simply serving as mentors to the children.

“Tarleton Mentors has changed my life, and I also know of some of these kids who have changed the mentors’ lives,” said Prewitt, a counseling psychology graduate student at Tarleton. “We strive to steer the children towards continuing education and college. We show them our love, spend time with them and above all, show them we care.”

Kurt Mogonye, Tarleton Media Relations.

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