HAGERSTOWN- The Washington County Public Schools system is calling on high school students to help close the academic achievement gap between minorities and whites, and low-income students and those of higher incomes.
A peer mentoring program that started recently at South Hagerstown High School marks the first time the school system has directly involved students in the efforts to narrow the academic achievement gap, said Robert "Bo" Myers, executive director of secondary school administration.
Students of all ethnic backgrounds will be paired with minority, low-income or other at-risk students who have requested mentors, said Carl Brindley, the South High instructor in charge of the program.
Students will meet throughout the week and on weekends, Brindley said.
The program is to expand to North Hagerstown High School next year, Myers said.
South High is in the process of selecting student mentors. So far, three students have requested a student mentor, Brindley said. The school hopes to pair at least five students with mentors.