Big Brothers Big Sisters official takes program to heart

Big Brothers/Big Sisters program director Lee Knernschield talks with a reporter Friday morning, Aug. 26, 2011, at the organization's office in the Knowles YMCA annex in Jefferson City.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters program director Lee Knernschield talks with a reporter Friday morning, Aug. 26, 2011, at the organization's office in the Knowles YMCA annex in Jefferson City. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Besides being a mother of three, Lee Knernschield is a “big sister.”

Knernschield is the program director of Missouri Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters, but most importantly, she is a mentor to a young child herself and has been for eight years.

Knernschield’s pairing is a school-based commitment, which means she meets with her ‘little sister’ during school hours, typically on Knernschield’s lunch hour.

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When Knernschield joined Big Brothers Big Sisters, she had just given birth to her second child. She immediately recognized and identified with the mission of the organization.

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