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Sitting next to his mentee, Davis Elementary School fourth-grader Alexis Alvarado, 8 (left), mentor Jody Carlisle (center) fist bumps with Ramon Lopez, 8, as the table discusses teams for a game of soccer outside after the students finish their lunch on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in College Place, WA. Carlisle said he was only assigned one mentee, Alvarado, but ended up with a class full of students wanting to spend time with him. He figures the least he can do for their teacher is try to tire them out running around on the playground.

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Mentoring program on lookout for matches

‘Caring, consistent’ adults are sought to build positive relationships with area youngsters.

COLLEGE PLACE — Julie Nordgren welcomed several new volunteers to Davis Elementary on Tuesday and in time for a busy lunch. Students who had been waiting to be matched with a mentor enjoyed their first lunch with a new friend.

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