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Dr. Holly Nikels
Rock Island High School
PACERS Budget Manager
Why do you participate in PACERS?
"I am concerned that too many kids are going through life not knowing their worth. Not realizing that they are indeed endowed with the seeds of greatness and their dreams and goals are part of whom they are and who they can ultimately become – if they believe in themselves and do what is required to become. If I can plant that seed – even if I personally never see it grow or blossom, I have invested my time well." - Gail Brooks
"I participate in PACERS because as a civil engineer I have a vested interest in our community's infrastructure. Young people are the community's current and future social infrastructure." - Justin Johnson
"The reason I participate with PACERS is to help where I can, to learn what our young men are dealing with, and to help let them know with desire and faith, they can do anything."
- Charles Swift
"My personal goal for being a mentor is to teach students how to interact with the world, know the difference between right and wrong, and overall improve their quality of life. Share personal experiences with the students to help them make the right decision when faced with negative situations. Life is about choices…." - Susy Birditt
"The reason I became a mentor is because I want to give back to my community and high school for my success by helping young men and woman, encouraging them to value education and believe in themselves; and not to feel a need to please negative peer pressure by devaluing education and/or making poor life choices." - Keith Rice
"I participate in PACERS because I enjoy working with young people. I watched my mother mentor hundreds of kids while I was growing up. I remember having mentors at school and church and appreciating that others cared about my education and success. My mom still is my mentor. PACERS has allowed me to pay it forward. I am grateful to work with the young ladies in the group." - Torria Norman