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You Can Be a Volunteer!!

  • Complete the CCS Mentor/Volunteer Registration (criminal background check)
  • Complete Community Volunteer Training. This training can be completed at the school site on a CCS’ computer with Internet access. 
  • Contact the school principal or his/her designee to inquire about volunteer opportunities at the school. Continue to read below to find opportunities at College Lakes Elementary School. 
  • Get started! Work with the school staff to determine a date and time when you can get involved. 


Join the Lion’s P.R.I.D.E. at College Lakes Elementary School.

Lion standing strongP.R.I.D.E.–Preparing Responsible Individuals Destined for Excellence. 

The mission of the Lion’s P.R.I.D.E. Mentoring Program is to enhance the educational experience of Opportunity Youth in grade three, four, and five by establishing supportive relationships and exposing them to authentic learning opportunities beyond the classroom.  

*Additional Information*

Education through ExposureUniversity of North Carolina at Pembroke logo

Fayetteville State University Broncos LogoOne goal of the P.R.I.D.E. Mentoring Program is to expose students to opportunities that will enhance their future outlook. Program coordinators will work with local colleges and universities to provide enriched learning experiences through exposure to college life and post-secondary learning. 

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Cultural Learning Opportunities

Students with hands on globeStudents in the P.R.I.D.E. Mentoring Program will be provided the opportunity to go on field trips that offer exposure to academic-related events. Such events will be planned based on the educational quality and practical, relevant teaching experience that serves to address the needs of the P.R.I.D.E. students. 

Mentors are essential in helping students to develop good academic and social skills, understand how to navigate the world around them, and build up their self-confidence, as well as self-esteem. 

Many students involved in the P.R.I.D.E. Mentoring Program may not otherwise have the opportunity for an enhanced learning experience outside of school. It is our goal to provide students with the personal and emotional support they need in order to realize their academic potential. 

Financial LiteracySchool Supplies for school store.

The goal of the Lion’s P.R.I.D.E. Mentoring Program is also to allow students to apply the concepts and standards taught in the classroom through Common Core. We achieve this by allowing students to demonstrate math, reading, science, and social skills while operating our School Store and other fundraising efforts. Students will be able to:

  • Practice counting money and ringing up purchases.
  • Apply customer service/social skills with students, parents, and staff.
  • Create a budget and work towards a year-end goal.
  • Understand and apply problem-solving skills
  • Collaborate with fellow students on fundraising events.
  •  Become future business leaders and entrepreneurs.

**Printable brochure**


Lion Lunch Buddy Program GuidelinesStudent carrying lunch tray to eat lunch.
  1. Mentors work under the direction and supervision of school staff.
  2. Mentors may not supervise a class in the teacher’s absence.
  3. Mentors are required to maintain strict confidentiality and agree to comply in writing.
  4. Mentors are expected to meet with Mentor Coordinator for monthly reviews. 
  5. Mentors may not take students off-campus during the day.
  6. Gift-giving is discouraged.
  7. Mentors may have up to (2) student mentees.
  8. Mentors may not bring in food for students. 
  9. Mentors should never bring any children with them while mentoring. 


Lion Lunch Buddies must:
  • Be willing to make a one-year commitment to come to lunch once a week on a regular basis.
  • Have the ability and desire to spend time with elementary age children.
  • Have an understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced by many children today. 
  • Be willing to respect the confidentiality of your relationship with a child.
  • Be prepared to have fun and enjoy the company of a friend.
  What is Mentoring?Cumberland County Schools Mentoring Works Program

Mentoring takes place between young people (i.e. mentees) and older or more experienced people (i.e. mentors) who are acting in a non-professional helping capacity to provide relationship-based support that benefits the mentee’s development. You may ask yourself “What is a Mentor?” A mentor is someone who is:

Chain of people mentoring. Be a mentor, be the difference.

  • A friend
  • A positive role model
  • Accepts students for who they are
  • Encouraging
  • Helps set goals
  • Assists with academic assignments. 



College Lakes Elementary students exemplify positive behaviors and work hard daily to meet school and personal expectations. As part of a school-wide behavior management program, College Lakes uses Positive Behavior Interventions and supports that emphasize:

  • Respecting ourselves and others
  • Organized and ready to learn
  • Attentive students
  • Responsible Actions   

*Printable PDF*

Lion roaring respectful, organized, always safe, and responsible.


All it takes is half an hour, once a week, to make a difference.

If you would like to become a Lunch Buddy, please follow the links below and complete the Volunteer Registration for Cumberland County Schools. After doing so, please contact Mrs. Sophilia Burns at 910.488.6650.

Thank you, mentors!

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Published by Sharon Shipley on July 1, 2018