April 1, 1996 in Nation/World

Student Has A Shadow

Associated Press

Nick Rademacher’s parents sat around the dining room table one day last month trying to figure out how to keep their 17-year-old son from skipping school.

The junior was flunking all his classes at Greeley West High School.

The Rev. Dave Mundy offered the family a radical plan: In exchange for a daily $1.50 lunch stipend, the former police officer and pastor of Greeley Missionary Baptist Church would follow Nick to school and sit in on all his classes.

“When we told Nick the plan, he kind of went into shock,” said Nick’s dad, Mark Rademacher. “He spent the whole weekend trying to talk us out of it.”

Two weeks ago, the pastor and the teen began walking to school, with Mundy trailing about five feet behind. In class, the pastor sits a few desks away and writes sermons.

Nick’s teachers say they have noticed a positive change in Nick’s attendance and assignments.

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