Members of Bibb County's Mentor Project were on a roll with their second annual Bowl-a-Thon at the Gold Cup Bowling Center Saturday afternoon.
Nicole Butler met up with a student and her mentor to talk about what the program means to them.
Grabbing a ball and tying her shoes, Altanese Palmer is ready to bowl.
Palmer is always on a roll. Whether it's helping captain her cheer squad or being a part of the Mentor Project, she doesn't have much time to spare.
Palmer remembers back to her first impressions of the program, and how those thoughts have since been knocked down.
"I thought it was going to be uptight… do this do that, but she's not, she acts like one of us," she said.
Palmer met her mentor Lindsey Stevens a little over a year ago, and says their relationship is more than she could have ever dreamed of.
"We're very close friends she fun to be around" Palmer exclaimed.
But mentors are so much more than a listening ear, they help keep their students grades out of the gutter.
"We go out [and] get books, we read books together, we compete and see who can read the book first," Palmer said.
The mentor program started in 2016 with eighth graders in Macon attending Ballard-Hudson and Appling Middle Schools.
Stevens says being a mentor was right up her alley and is excited to help Palmer complete the program.
"If they make it through high school with good grades and good behavior they get a $10,000 scholarship for college," Stevens said.
Stevens says the sky's the limit for Palmer and is excited to help her reach her dreams in years to come.
According to executive director June O'Neal, graduation rates of students in the program have improved 81 percent since the program started.
All of the money raised at the event goes back into the Mentor Project to help benefit its students.
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