27 North Salem High School students and 27 attorneys and law students participated in Marion County’s 2013 Imprint Program. The program paired a freshman from teacher Aireanne Nicholson’s class with a volunteer from the legal profession and provided them with the opportunity to form a one-on-one relationship through reading a book and
exchanging letters as pen-pals, providing the student an opportunity to interact with a positive adult role model.
This year, program participants read Sherman Alexie’s book “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”
The final event for the program was a pizza party, where the students and volunteers had an opportunity to meet each other face-to- face.
Each of the students who participated in the program was involved in AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) at North Salem High School. AVID students have the intellectual capacity to attain college entrance, but tend to have barriers, such as economic or language barriers or the lack of a support system that may prevent them from going to college. AVID helps students develop the critical thinking and organizational skills they'll need to attend college, acquaints them with the college environment and advanced courses, and assists them with college and scholarship applications.
The Imprint Program would not be possible without the support and financial assistance of the Marion County Bar Association, Willamette University, College of Law, and the Mary Leonard Law Society. A big thank you is extended to each of those organizations. A special thank you is extended to Cathryn Bowie, who volunteered to take pictures of the volunteers and students at the pizza party. And much appreciation is extended to the 27 volunteers who read books and wrote letters to the students. The volunteers are the life of the program! Thank you volunteers for your willingness to share a bit of yourselves with an aspiring student.