Joshua are twin 4th graders at McGuffey Elementary School. They are
matched with two Denison students. Jacob
has been matched with Big Brother Jorge for two years, and Josh has been
matched with Big Brother Sam for 2 ½ years.
The twins have moved a lot. They were first at McGuffey and then moved
to Ben Franklin where these matches began. Over the summer the family moved
back to the McGuffey district.
Fortunately both Bigs were able to change their schedules so that they
could follow the boys to McGuffey.
come from a family of 8 children so neither gets much one-on-one attention at
home. Jorge and Sam provide that extra attention that both boys need. Josh and Jacob both have had behavior and
academic problems in the past, but are now on a better path toward good
behavior and better grades. They are also more confident and secure in their
individual personalities, thanks to their Bigs.
that his Big Brother Sam is funny and makes him laugh even when he is in a bad
mood. Sam also makes him do his work, and
he is glad to have extra help with his math facts. But then Sam brings him
McDonald’s as a reward. Sam has noted
that being with Josh can be very “interesting” especially when they have to
spend their lunch period in the office waiting for Josh’s mom to bring him new
clothes because he ripped his pants horsing around.
describes his relationship with Jacob as “spontaneous and genuine.”
He said, “One day Jacob and I felt like dancing after he asked and asked
if I could play a song on my phone. So I did. He immediately began to dance to
the song. Since we were in a big room by
ourselves, I tried to dance to the song. However, I was not as good as Jacob
even though he kept motivating me to find the rhythm. This is when I played the
Cha Cha slide, so that we could both dance. We ended up having a great time.
Our relationship is one based on energy and motivation to enjoy each other’s