Riverside mentoring program receives $2,500

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Kim Kinkade, senior operations manager; James June, executive director; A.J. Mandracchia, service delivery manager, representing TeleTech, presented a $2,500 check to the newly formed mentoring program at Riverside High School. Accepting the gift were teachers Meagan Priest and Matt Ziegler and students representing the junior and senior classes and seventh and eighth grade classes.

The new mentoring program at Riverside Junior/Senior High School was given a generous donation from TeleTech.

The $2,500 gift came from TeleTech of Jonesboro. On hand to make the presentation were Executive Director James June; Senior Operations Manager Kim Timms Kinkade; and Service Delivery Manager A.J. Mandracchia.

Ms. Kinkade graduated from Riverside High School 21 years ago. She said she was pleased to be able to return to present the check.

The mentoring program sponsors are high school teachers Meagan Priest and Matt Ziegler. They have a vision for a successful program that will continue for years to come. Members of the junior and senior high school class will be mentors for seventh and eighth grade students helping them with the transition from elementary to junior high school.

TeleTech Foundation partners with local non-profit groups in a variety of projects.

"It is a great way to give back to the community," June said.

TeleTech has been in Jonesboro for a year but is a 32 year old company. It has 60,000 employees globally.

This is the second donation TeleTech has presented since opening in Jonesboro and they are working on a third.

Recipients are nominated by employees and a committee reviews the nominees.

"There is a focus on education," Kinkade said. "It is employee sponsored. An employee has the idea and gets signatures on a petition and then submits the nominee. We are glad to help and hope we can have an impact on the new mentoring program at Riverside."

The money will be used to help with expenses such as curriculum, speakers, tee shirts and other needs.

The group will be receiving tee shirts. Persons in the community would like to purchase a tee shirt as a fundraiser can call the school to order. The tee shirts will be $12 and will have their sponsors on the back.

Several of the mentors will be going to Cabot next week to hear a motivational speaker.

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