McCrocklin joins PERK


Some changes are coming to the PERK mentoring program with the addition of Kelly McCrocklin as a trainee.

McCrocklin, who recently retired after 41 years with EnerStar, will work with current program coordinator Jody Sperry in preparing to assume the coordinator’s position at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

PERK is in its fourth year of matching adult community members with school children who can benefit from having another positive adult role model in their lives. The mentor-mentee relationship occurs at school over a shared lunch.

Currently, 75 children in the Paris schools participate in the program and PERK expanded this school year to include Kansas Community Unit School District #3. Sperry said the goal has always been to get PERK into all of the Edgar County School Districts.

“We plan to continue expanding this opportunity in some form and capacity to all Edgar County students,” Sperry said. “Our goal is to add another Edgar County school each year, and we recruit mentors on an on-going basis.”

PERK mentors go through a background security check and are trained in how to fulfill the new role.

More information about becoming a PERK mentor is available by emailing