Headed by South Barber Counselor Kathie Kersten (left), the school's Chieftain Buddies program has been a tremendous success. The mentors who are volunteering are doing a "great" job, organizers said. The school needs more volunteer mentors who are willing to donate about one hour of their time each week. Each mentor spends nearly an hour at the same time weekly with their buddy. The mentor and buddy can read books, eat lunch and/or play games, etc., together. Heather Summers is a mentor and is shown here with her student buddy, Gwinn Rugg, a fifth grader. Summers is an employee of People's Bank (the Kiowa branch) who has the Peoples Heartland Foundation. Employees are empowered to show their gratitude to a local organization of their choice that stepped-up through the pandemic in the communities that they serve. Summers presented Kersten a $2,500 donation to the Chieftain Buddies program. This is to support the purchase of games, crafts and other activities for the kids and their mentors. Superintendent and elementary principal Dr. Mylo Miller, on behalf of the staff and students, thanks the mentors who are making a difference in the lives of their students.