Christina & Elaine
It was an elementary school mentoring program in Rhode Island that first brought Elaine Belvin and Christina Markrush together.
Elaine was a recently retired dental assistant and an empty nester who missed the bond she developed with her children early in their lives. Christina was a painfully shy and sad-faced first grader who suffered anxiety attacks.
Seventeen years later, the former mentor and the mentee are often reminded of the special relationship they first forged at Warwick Neck Elementary School. They still stay in touch all these years later, mainly now through emails, text messages and Facebook postings.