History - The RRISD Partners in Education Foundation has supported the Mentor program since its inception. Even today, the Foundation supports Mentoring through recruitment efforts and funding.
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Education awarded RRISD a grant totaling $200,000 annually for a period of three years. A Mentor Coordinator was hired to grow the number of mentors by 300 each year for students from grades 4-8. Unfortunately the grant funding was cut short by one year. Nearly 600 new Mentors were recruited during the 2 years this funding was in place.
In early 2010, the Mentor program requested and was awarded funding from two agencies. The United Way of Williamson County granted the RRISD PIE Foundation $10,000 to support Mentor recruitment and training.
Additionally, the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation granted RRISD more than $96,000 to hire our current program coordinator who will recruit, support and train Mentors in conversations and activities that will enhance student success and college and career readiness.
The STARS Mentor program will continue to be coordinated through the Community Partnerships Department.