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Peter Wharton stands with homie Jacob Martinez during a graduation ceremony for Helping Homies on Thursday afternoon at Steamboat Springs Middle School. The program, which is in its first year, has sixth-graders mentoring first-graders.

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Helping Homies program pairs Steamboat students

A new program in the Steamboat Springs School District gave Strawberry Park Elementary School first-grader Otis Van De Carr an outlet for his boundless energy. It also provided sixth-grader Tucker Linberg a chance to shine in a new role. The first-year program called Helping Homies was deemed an early success this year.

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