Best Friends Mentoring Receives Recognition for Work in Bakken

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Best Friends Mentoring has helped school-aged children in Dickinson for 20 years.

And today the organization received recognition for its work in the Bakken.

Fourth grader Travon Littlefield thinks of his mentor as more than a friend.

"Brother," said mentee Travon Littlefield, Best Friends Mentoring Program.

Littlefield was matched with DSU student Seth Moerkerke last March. They meet at Littlefield's school every Monday.

"I usually sit by him, and then my other friends come over and just sit," Littlefield said.

The pair typically eats lunch together, and Littlefield's classmates have taken interest in his friend.

"The first couple times that Seth came to visit at school, 'Mom, these students, they're all over they have to sit by me now,'" said Christina Littlefield, Travon's mother.

As an only child with no father figure at home, Christina is thankful her son has a male figure to look up to. They aren't the first pair to benefit from Best Friends Mentoring, and certainly not the last.

"It's extremely important to us that we don't give to what we want to see in a community, that we give to what a community needs," said Emily Snooks, XTO Energy, Public and Government Affairs.

On Tuesday, the organization was presented with a $25,000 check from XTO Energy to continue mentoring work in the Bakken. It's one of four charities the company is giving to.

"It helps us to be able to help more children, but we also realize that this is an investment in the community that XTO Energy is making and we really thank them for that," said Kris Fehr, executive director, Best Friends Mentoring Program.

It also gives back to the mentors.

"It's been awesome to be able to have a friend in the lower grade who is actually teaching me things," said mentor Seth Moerkerke, Best Friends Mentoring Program.

And that will continue, while he remains a positive influence in Littlefield's life.

Home on the Range is another organization receiving a grant.