Lynne Cole, Douglas County Schools

What is your role with REACH Georgia?

I have been a mentor with REACH for the last five years.

What is the best part about being a REACH Georgia Champion?

I have really enjoyed the opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life. It sounds so cliché but it is an honor to be able to support, listen, and guide another person through some of the most formative years of their life and to be able to have a front row seat to all the accomplishments and honors that they experience along the way. These REACH students are absolutely remarkable, and they have challenges that most of us don’t have to face in our lives, even as adults. To see them succeed when they could otherwise choose to take a less desirable path is inspiring.

Why is it important for the community to get involved with REACH Georgia?

It takes a village to raise a child. Some of the REACH students have limited family. The community can fill in where extended family may not be available. One of the most rewarding things is to see my mentee act as a mentor to my own children. There are limited times that they have the opportunity to interact, but when they do, its very fun to hear her give my kids some of the same advice I have given to her. Through our relationship, she has learned how to be a mentor to others – this investment of time, energy into her life, will pay dividends to future generations of students.