Bradtmueller Takes Charge and Pie to Face

By Ethan Horst

Austin Bradtmueller anticipates a pie to the face. Several cherry pies, to be more precise, courtesy of the students of Jefferson Elementary School. Though cherry is his least favorite pie, he is making the sacrifice for a good cause: rewarding the kids in Grace’s chapter of College Mentors for Kids.

College Mentors for Kids is a national organization that strives to connect college students with first- through fifth-grade students, especially from lower-income families, for one-on-one educational mentoring to help them pursue college in the future. Grace’s chapter meets once a week on Wednesdays. On a typical day, Grace students will meet at the school at 3 p.m. to discuss the activities planned and pass out the book of the week. Then, the kids will arrive at 3:40 p.m. The students will bring the kids back to Grace, conduct the planned activities, and then return the kids to Jefferson at 5:30 p.m.

Bradtmueller has been involved with the organization for two years. He spent one year as a mentor and this past year as the activities director. He is slated to be the president for next year as the rest of the organization’s Bradtmueller’s duties include liaising with Jefferson and being in charge of staff hiring. Currently, he needs a senior staff to help with fundraising and budgeting, arts, crafts and activities, as well as logistics. Positions require around 10 hours a week, but students can also earn dual credit. In addition, the staff do not have to be mentors; so students who want to help but are unsure about working with kids should apply.

Details on how to apply are in the Lowdown for the week of April 10.