When it comes to being a mentor to a child, there are many ways to approach the task.
For Doyle and Helen Beatenbough, it was a team approach.
The couple met their mentee “Rusty” (not his real name) when he was in the fourth grade.
“He was just an itty bitty little fellow, now he’s taller than I am,” Doyle said of Rusty, who’s now in the tenth grade at Madison County High School.
“He was the cutest little boy I’d ever seen,” Helen said. “We just love him.”
And they still have a piece of paper that they had him draw “the road of his life” on during one of their first mentoring sessions.
“We told him the future was in his hands and that he could make good or bad choices for himself,” Helen said.
After signing up to be mentors, the couple had received information about Rusty through mentor program director Shirley Aaron, and an overview of his situation through the school’s counselor.
“With his tumultuous family situation, it just seemed as if he had no chance, and he needed a chance,” Doyle said.