Big Brothers Big Sisters recently launched the School Buddy Challenge by holding a call-a-thon hosted by Century Link. Ambassadors spent a day calling current School Buddies in an effort to get referrals to other people they know who demonstrate the qualities to be a good School Buddy to a child in need in Kosciusko County. Since schools are now in session, the need for positive role models has heightened as guidance counselors identify kids weekly who need a little extra help. The process includes an interview and background check, A School Buddy visits the child in the school for one hour a week during the school year over their lunch hour. Big Brothers Big Sisters has programs in schools in Pierceton, Lincoln, Harrison, Washington, Madison, Milford and Syracuse elementary schools. For more information contact Trina Hoy, Big Brothers Big Sisters community development director, at 574-551-6386, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bbbsnei.org.