Mentoring programs aims to change lives

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - Law enforcement officers have joined with school officials in Georgetown to help make a positive different in the lives of high school freshmen.

The Georgetown News-Graphic reports ( ) that city police officers and Scott County Sheriff's deputies are volunteering to mentor ninth-graders who know they have problems and have requested help.

The officers will be paired with at least one of 10 students who requested to participate in the program.

Special education-behavior program teacher Chris Reed says the officers will meet regularly at the school with students and can offer advice and encouragement.

Principal Dwayne Ellison says the goal is to help students break free from a downward spiral.