PHOTOS: Foster Grandparents Recognized At Woodmore School

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Woodmore Elementary School recognized 104 foster grandparents who have given over 70,000 hours of service at the school this year.

The Foster Grandparent Program is a federal grant program, sponsored locally by the City of Chattanooga Department of Youth and Family Development. Currently, 104 Foster Grandparents, ages 55 and above, serve at 36 non-profit agencies, including schools, day cares, Head Start/Early Start sites, hospitals, and other crisis centers. The Foster Grandparent Program works with exceptional and special-needs children one-on-one to assist with school readiness and education, focusing on math and reading literacy, and social-emotional skill building.

The program serves Hamilton, Bradley, and McMinn counties. Since July, volunteers have served a total of 65,000 hours, representing an added value to the community of $1.4 million. The program served over 103,000 hours last year and has been in existence locally since 1980.
 


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