For the past 16 years, Moeller and Corryville Catholic Elementary School have worked together to help meet the needs of the Corryville students. Big Brothers pairs Moeller juniors and seniors with students in grades 1-6 from Corryville Catholic in a one-on-one relationship. Contact between Bigs and Littles takes place outside of the school day.
The Big Brother program seeks to provide mentors for young boys who are in need of extra guidance. Big Brothers seek to assist families by providing a positive role model for their child. A Big Brother seeks to build a long term, loving and caring relationship. For each child, a Big Brother sets positive expectations, promotes their strengths, teaches life and academic skills, provides enrichment activities and models responsible Christian behavior. Through a one-on-one relationship, a Big Brother aims to become of inspiration for his Little Brother.
During the course of the school year, a Big Brother is expected to spend at least 35 hours of contact time with his little brother. (This includes travel time with his little brother in the car.) Most of this time will come from participation in the monthly Big Brother group activities. Usually scheduled on Sunday afternoons, these activities will account for approximately 24 hours of the 35 hour commitment. The Big Brother will earn the remaining 11 hours by making phone calls, writing letters, and spending additional time with his little brother during the course of the year. All Big Brothers are also expected to participate in Christmas on Campus and Zoo Day.
A Big Brother should make weekly contact by phone call and is expected to send periodic letters. The time spent on the phone and writing letters can count towards their service requirement. Big Brothers are responsible for creating their own schedule and reporting their contact time to the leaders.
Students who successfully complete their commitment to this program will be awarded with 35 service hours.
Each Big Brother and Little Brother family is required to sign a waiver of liability before any contact can be made. The waiver does not exclude the Moeller student from general responsibility, but from responsibilities beyond his control. Students participating in the Big Brother program will be picking up their Little Brothers at their child’s home, and transporting to and from the various activities. We encourage Big Brothers to carpool and to limit the amount of time spent in the car with their little brother.