Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County shines a light on the relationships that we are helping build within our community. Please help us congratulate Big Sister Jess Kiedrowski and her Little Sister Kailey, both of Sturgeon Bay — our Door County Match of the Month for March.
Where did you hear about Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Jess Kiedrowski: My son became a Big Brother as a freshman in high school, and when he was a senior, I was added to his match in the Community-based program, so we could do things, the three of us, or I could take his Little Brother places by myself. Now I’m in a Site-based Match with a Little Sister at school, and it’s a blast!
Why did you want to become involved?
JK: I just think it’s a great way to help children, and I enjoy working with them, one-on-one.
Why did you want to have a Big Sister?
Kailey: To have a new friend.
What do you do when you spend time together?
JK: We make a lot of crafts and play games most of the time. Other times we play outside.
What is your favorite memory with your Big?
K: Playing teacher and testing my Big on math problems.
Is there something in particular that stands out as a memorable time with your Little?
JK: I brought Christmas cookies in and we frosted and decorated them for my Little to share with her class.
Is there something you would like to do together in the future, and why?
K: Play hide and seek.
Is there something in the future that you would like to do together, or that you look forward to experiencing together?
JK: I hope to be able to take her on outings outside of school.
What have you enjoyed about being a Big?
JK: I like being able to just spend time with someone who needs an extra friend.
What is something that you learned from your Big?
K: I learned about a bearded dragon because my Big has one.
In what ways has being matched with your Little affected you and your life?
JK: It makes me happy to see my little having fun when we are together. I feel that I have been a reason she smiled that day.
How has being matched with a Big made a difference for you?
K: I get a break from school and get to play.
What would you say to others about Big Brothers Big Sisters and to others who are thinking about becoming a Big?
JK: I would encourage someone to become a Big because it is very rewarding to them as well as to the Little.