Greetings Oasis Volunteers!

Welcome to our April Mentor Monday – simply loaded with humor, ideas, music and “profound” thoughts.

Many have asked about these final weeks of school. I wish I had just one answer. Each school seems to be handling online mentoring slightly differently, so please contact your teacher or school coordinator directly for information. Remember that we typically end our sessions the week before the actual end of the school year, so mark your calendars for the third week in May. At this time, it looks as though we will remain as online mentors through the fall 2021, but if there are any updates/changes over the coming weeks and months, I will let you know. Consider some of the fun holidays scheduled for this month and during May. Perhaps they can be part of your session with your students. I know that Earth Day, World Book Day, National Great Poetry Day, and Arbor Day are all in April. Remember as you plan your sessions, time with your student should be fun for you as well!

Laughter and Learning- consider adding humor into your weekly sessions

Line Riders

From the web

The best stories teach us lessons, and Star Wars is overflowing with them. Though the events that unfolded a long time ago involve Jedi, clone troopers, bizarre creatures, and many more elements that seem much more exciting than anything happening in our world, there are several takeaways. Star Wars has taught us about the importance of friendship, the value of being patient, and the dangers of being afraid. These are ten of the many things we’ve learned from the saga:


1. Embrace the traits that make you stand apart.

2. Be loyal to your friends.

3. Realize others see the world differently than you do.

4. It’s never too late to turn things around.

5. Overcome the fear within yourself.

6. Never say “I have a bad feeling about this.”

7. Every life has value.

8. Always repay your debts

9. Keep your mind open to new possibilities.

10. A little hope goes a long way.

Amy Ratcliffe is a writer obsessed with Star Wars. Read the full post on


Kid Tested Session Plans

Although our literacy approach focuses on the mentor reading to the student, if interested, we can encourage our student read out loud as well. Consider creative ways to “entice” a reluctant reader whether online or in person.
Thank you to Beverly and Susan for your ideas. View these plans and more on our Reading Mentor Resources page.

New Summer classes

Be on the lookout for our new summer catalog arriving soon.
Summer registration begins May 5th.
Classes begin May 10th. 118 exciting class choices!

Final thoughts…

Vicki enjoying the Yoda balloon

Remember to forward your monthly volunteer hours report and of course, share any funny stories.

As always, I welcome your ideas, suggestions and constructive comments in the section below.

Thank you very much for your commitment to the students and for being an integral part of our volunteer team.

Each of you is appreciated.

Stay safe, be well and happy reading!