Mentor of The Month: The Start of a Forever Bond

Mentor of The Month: The Start of a Forever Bond

Sthefany with Annette Gomes

Sthefany with Annette Gomes

From student, Sthefany

Each week Ms. Anna and I meet at Beatley Library in Alexandria. We always read for approximately 30 minutes. We read animal books to chapter and series books like “Wonder.” We also practice writing words and turning them into sentences. When Ms. Anna travels I read to her on the phone. My favorite part is when Ms. Anna brings me snacks. I have been working with Ms. Anna for almost 2 and a half years. Every year we go Christmas shopping for me and my family, which is a lot of fun. This makes Ms. Anna the best Mentor. I hope I have her forever!

From Tutor/Mentor, Annette Gomes

This has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me — being a tutor to Sthefany. I began volunteering with Wright to Read in the spring of 2017.

Each Wednesday is such a treat when I meet Sthefany. She has become such a light. Her overwhelming desire to learn is always on full display!

I’ve watched her grow and mature leaps and bounds over the last two years. She’s like a sponge and soaks up everything you tell her.

Her choices in books range from animals to biographies to mysteries. Her vocabulary is growing and we spend time incorporating these new words into sentences from time to time. She keeps me abreast of what she’s working on in the classroom as well.

From bowling to creating our 2019 vision boards to attending the museums in D.C., these have been some of the most enjoyable activities thus far that Wright to Read plans for its students and tutor/mentors.

With each yearly assessment Sthefany has grown and I think that’s what I’m most proud of.

I was definitely placed with the right student. She recently said she hopes I was with her forever — if only that could happen. I’m beyond proud of Sthefany.

Wright to Read, a program of The Campagna Center, is a member of the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership (AMP). AMP was created in 2006 to ensure that quality mentors and mentor programs are available for Alexandria's youth and young adults in need. To learn more about Wright to Read, visit: or to learn more about AMP, visit: