The Challenge

"Startling Stats"
•Georgia is consistently at or near the bottom of all 50 states in performance test scores.
•Chatham County, GA averages 700 dropouts each year.
•85% of prison inmates are school dropouts.

Nationwide research shows that mentored children:
•are 52% less likely to skip school
•are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
•are 27% less likely to begin drinking alcohol

L.O.V.E. believes that improving a child's education is the foundation for improving quality of life. Classroom teachers have little opportunity to work one-on-one with students. L.O.V.E. provides this benefit to students.


At the current time, L.O.V.E. Mentors is active in ten Title I schools in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.


Schools L.O.V.E. Site Director
Andrea Williams Elementary Nancy Boyd
Early Learning Center (ELC)
Debbie Sens, Susan Woods
Gadsden Elementary Jan Smart, John Brandewie
Shuman Elementary
Haven Elementary OPEN
Hodge Elementary Nancy Ambler
Isle of Hope Elementary Betsy Hines
Low Elementary Ginny Pierce, Jane Martin
Pulaski Elementary Ginny Donaldson
Windsor Forest Sue Burns

Board of Directors

The ultimate goal of L.O.V.E. MENTORS is to work in partnership with Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools to improve education and support the dreams of Savannah's children.

The L.O.V.E. Leadership Team for 2018-19:

SCCPSS Liaison - Laura Wehrle, Officer

Recruiting Director - Dan Malachuk, Officer

Secretary/ Technology Liason - Samantha Lambert, Officer

Publicity Director - Carol Fallon

Treasurer - Kevin Dutton

Mentor Support - Ginny Pierce

Director Emeritus - Karen Lindholm

Camps - Carol Black, Callie Ryan

Training - Catherine Ruhl, Suzanne Hurd

Events - Debra Brook

Our Success

In the 2018-19 school year, L.O.V.E. had more than 160 volunteer mentors helping nearly 300 children in ten Title I schools throughout Savannah. In the summer of 2018, we signed up and paid for more than 130 children to attend summer camp.