Richton High School teacher Christy Forrest has begun a new program to help her students give back.
Rebel Buddies is a mentorship program which pairs up seniors and first graders. Forrest started the program with no budget at all and said the support from her seniors has been fantastic.
"I've had so many positive comments from the seniors themselves saying how much their littles, we call them littles, how much their littles mean to them," Forrest said.
Senior Tyler Graham spoke about the experience and how it has impacted his life.
“You can just tell they really look up to you, you really do mean something to them," Graham said.
Forrest runs the program out of pocket, but said she has received donations from two Richton businesses.
The next event for the Rebel Buddies will be a Halloween themed event at the end of the month.