TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)_ Topeka Public School representatives hope to recruit more volunteers to schools.
School board members and officials from the Topeka community stood outside Ross Elementary School Monday to support the initiative.
They plan to to bring 100 Big Brothers and Big Sisters volunteers to Topeka Public Schools before Labor Day.
School board members say volunteers can make a big difference in the life of a student. The goal for the mentors is to not only help students with their school work but also build an everlasting bond.
"We chose Ross Elementary because there is a high need. There are single parents and those living in poverty," said Nancy Daniels, Area Director for Topeka Public Schools.
"We always hear about third world country problems, but we have problems right here in Topeka and if you can touch a life it would make a world of difference," said Dr. Julie Ford, Superintendent for Topeka Public Schools.
Daniels told 13 News they plan to bring 26 mentors to the students at Ross Elementary School. Ford says anyone can volunteer and it only takes 30 minutes a day to be a mentor during the student's lunch hour.
You can get involved through Big Brothers Big Sisters. The website is