Foster grandparents needed

Foster grandparent Joan Terry helps a student.

The Foster Grandparent Program is recruiting people age 55 and over, who enjoy kids, to attend four day pre-service training classes this summer to be ready to help students in a preschool or elementary classroom this fall.

Foster grandparents are in-school grandparents who help students succeed, and support children academically, by guiding little hands to make letters, listening to children read, reviewing math facts with flash cards, and encouraging struggling students.

Foster grandparents help children socially and emotionally. Foster grandparent Joan Terry said she has “enjoyed helping the second grade class at Canton Elementary School.”

“I get so much joy when one of the students ‘get it’ after struggling to understand a subject that is being taught. Every little encouraging word you can give them makes them want to do better in class. This is so rewarding to me knowing that a child has been helped, and is able to move on to learn more,” she said.

“The teachers love having the extra help, and are very good to work with. All I can say is get the training and start helping in school because you certainly won’t regret it,” she said.

Foster Grandparents also receive a small monetary reimbursement, paid holidays and paid days off.

Call 570-265-6121 or 1-800-982-4343 and find out more about the Foster Grandparent Program.