Unless Someone Like You

Unless Someone Like YouPictured is Joan Terry, a Foster Grandparent with a child receiving support. Provided photo.

Growing up has never been easy. There are so many lessons to learn and deceptions to avoid, how can a kid navigate? That is where the Foster Grandparent Program comes in.  

Foster Grandparents are in-school grandparents who help students succeed. Foster Grandparents 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, by being that grandparent that has time. Time to listen, and time to teach a better way, and love that is always there, even when the youngster’s halo slips.

Joan Terry, in her role as a Foster Grandparent, stated, “I have 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. If you love being a grandparent, and enjoy the younger ages, this will fit you very well. 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.”

New Foster Grandparents are necessary to meet children’s’ needs in local schools and Head Starts. 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 also enjoy a small monetary reimbursement, paid holidays and paid days off. Foster Grandparents also get to meet other people who love being a positive influence in the lives of our neighborhood kids. 

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.” — Dr. Seuss.  

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

The Corporation of National Community Service federally funds the Foster Grandparent Program. The Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga counties.

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; the United Way of Bradford County; the Lycoming County United Way serving Wellsboro and southern Tioga County; the United Way of Susquehanna County and the Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga County Commissioners. 

For additional information on Area Agency on Aging services, call 1-800-982-4346.

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