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Big and Little Spotlight
Cherilyn and Tyeeria meet approximately twice a month during which they do a variety of activities. They often spend time at Cherilyn’s house where they will do homework, cook dinner, bake, play games, or watch a little bit of TV. Some days together they go to dinner, the movies, or attend a BBBS sponsored event. Tyeeria recently turned 13 and Cherilyn shared that “we made sure she entered her teen years in style with professionally done makeup, a mani & pedi. And a promise that she’ll never become too cool to hang out with her old, nerdy Big Sis.”
Cherilyn and Tyeeria have an annual overnight visit in August as a special way to kick off the school year. Each overnight visit is highly anticipated and typically includes watching a movie, baking, and having dinner. Since it is a special occasion, they may even have soda with their dinner and their ice cream in the living room. One year a tent was even set up in the living room for the night.
The thing that stands out the most about Cherilyn is how intentional she is in everything they do. Tyeeria struggles academically and Cherilyn makes it a point to work on academics during every meeting, but often does it in way that Tyeeria may not even realize what they are doing. For example, when back to school shopping they had a set amount of money to spend. They looked at the school supply list and itemized what she needed and what she could spend on each item with the amount of money they had.
There is never a match support completed when either Tyeeria or Cherilyn does not mention working on reading, doing homework, or practicing math as one of their activities.
Cherilyn not only fulfills all of her commitments to Tyeeria, but she also supports and recruits for the agency. She has participated in Bowl for Kids Sake on numerous occasions. She has spoken at United Way events and she and Tyeeria have posed together for the United Way campaign advertisement for the High Point Enterprise. Cherilyn has recruited numerous volunteers including one who became interested after seeing a picture from the living room tent camping overnight.
Cherilyn values Tyeeria as such a part of her life that when Cherilyn got married, Tyeeria was included in the wedding and Tyeeria’s entire family attended to celebrate.
Thank you Cherilyn for your dedication to your Little Sister! We are so appreciative of all you do!