Peer mediators great assets to school

Jennifer Michels
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AMHERST - Peer mediator students at Cumberland North Academy work hard to solve problems on the playground.

Cumberland North Academy teacher Melanie Wolfe chooses the students who will be peer mediators each year. The students are usually chosen in grade three and remain a peer mediator until they leave the school.
Student Wesley Brine said he remembers Wolfe asking him to be a peer mediator. Wolfe went to Brine's class and to ask him.
"I thought I was in trouble," Brine said.
The peer mediator's job is to step in when a problem occurs and see if they can solve it.
"We take them in a seminar room," student Nick Rushton said. "But we barely have any problems."
Students Marrissa Johnson and Gina Grafton came to Cumberland North Academy so they could enroll in French immersion.
Both were chosen to be peer mediators at their old school and were able to continue when they changed schools.
"The kids here are very good," Johnson said.
The kids chosen to be peer mediators are dedicated to doing a good job, Wolfe said.
"At the end of the year, they do get a celebration."

Organizations: Cumberland North Academy

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  • lauren
    January 18, 2010 - 11:20

    I myself am a peer-mediator and am disappointed that you did not include Spring Street Academy in this article.The Peer Mediators work equally hard at each school to keep the playgrounds safer. I do agree the Peer Mediator program is very important regardless of the school, and am very glaid had the opportunity to be a part of it.