Over 125 alumni, parents, and friends of PDS attended The Mentor Breakfast on Friday, November 16. This annual breakfast, hosted by the PDS Alumni Association, provided guests the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and fellowship and to hear an inspirational message from Geoff Calkins, sports columnist of The Commercial Appeal and PDS 6th grade writing class guest-teacher.
In the Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Mentor is a friend to Odysseus and trusted advisor to his son, Telemachus. Mentor shares his wisdom with Telemachus, using his own life experience to advise Telemachus on his quests. Thus, the word “mentor” has entered the English language.
At PDS we believe that seeking counsel from mentors is at the root of developing boys in wisdom and stature, helping them become the hero of their own quests.
Calkins stated that everyone has had some type of mentor in his or her life and that most people, when asked, are able to immediately name at least one such mentor. Calkins used examples from his sports experiences as well as mentor references from his PDS 6th grade writing class.
Trophy Case dedicated in honor of Dennis Smith
At the conclusion of the message from Calkins, in the spirit of this mentor breakfast, PDS Alumni Michael Faber ’90 and Richard Moore ’91 made a special presentation to recognize and honor their mentor who “has inspired us for the last 20 years”—Dennis Smith, current Director of Operations and Athletics.
Mr. Moore reiterated Faber’s comments and thanked Dennis Smith for being their mentor and a mentor to so many and for his unselfish service to PDS and to others in the Memphis community. Faber and Moore have dedicated the trophy case in front of the gym in Smith’s honor as part of PDS’ Building Boys Making Men Capital Campaign.