08 April 2014
It’s perhaps a stroke of genius to use the wisdom and experience of older citizens to influence and help the younger.
That is exactly what the Joint Area Board of Aging (JABA) program Friends in Schools Helping Program (FISH) is all about.
Started in Charlottesville/Albemarle in 2004, the program extended to Fluvanna in 2013. There are now 24 FISH mentors at Central Elementary, Carysbrook Elementary and Fluvanna Middle schools. Volunteers work one-on-one with students or in the classroom for at least one hour per week, said Carleigh Wegner, Fluvanna and Louisa FISH coordinator.