Posted by Mark Weber
Another successful year of the STRIVE mentoring program at Eden Prairie High School was celebrated May 8 at the Eden Prairie Community Center, where mentors and their students were introduced and congratulated.
Lisa Wood coordinates the program, which has grown to include mentoring of seventh- and eighth-graders as well. Involved as mentors are members of A.M. Rotary and Noon Rotary, as well as school staff, businessmen and businesswomen, and other people in the community. They mentor EPHS juniors and seniors throughout the school year, being that extra guidance as the students attempt to improve their grades and get ready for post-secondary education and other opportunities.
Part of what makes Eden Prairie great “is that we wrap our arms around each other” and the STRIVE is a good example of that, said Superintendent of Schools Josh Swanson.
Joseph Sanchez, a senior who has participated in STRIVE, said the program has had big benefits for him and other students. “The STRIVE program has been such a pillar in my life,” he said. “I’ve seen so much growth in these students, just as I’ve seen growth in myself.
“STRIVE has been a light, in a world that needs light.”
A couple of Rotary-related tree-planting opportunities are coming May 10 and 11; go to for more information. The District Conference will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 21 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. On June 19 starting at 6 p.m., there’ll be an inauguration ceremony for incoming district governor and A.M. Rotarian Irene Kelly; it’s being held at Pinstripes in Edina. Volunteers are needed for the water table that will be a part of the Stop the Trafficking 5K Run/Walk the morning of June 9 at Purgatory Creek Park.