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.