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Two older girls, one with dark hair in ponytail and other with blonde hair, sandwich a preschool girl holding a potato head

“I never want to leave. I could do this all day,” said VanGorden Elementary School student Samantha Osores halfway through her shift mentoring preschoolers just down the hall from her sixth grade classroom. The experience has even set her sights on early childhood education as a future career option. 

Samantha is one of just over 100 sixth-graders who volunteered for the re-launch of VanGorden’s long-standing student mentorship program this school year, The program takes advantage of VanGorden’s unique position as the only Lakota elementary school with preschoolers residing under the same roof. 

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