The Duncan Banner

April 8, 2013

Recognizing the value of Foster Grandparents in the classroom

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — In several elementary classrooms across the county, teachers have a little extra help with keeping an eye on the children and helping them with their studies.

The Mayor’s Day of Recognition is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the value of national service Delta Community Action Foster Grandparents program provides in Duncan and the other communities it serves.

The combined efforts of the Delta Foster Grandparents over one school year represents a return on investment of $959,040. That is the amount it would cost to pay employees to do the work Foster Grandparents volunteer for every day. Every national service organization makes a huge difference to their community at a minimal cost.

“All mayors across the U.S. are doing this,” said Rhonda David, area coordinator for the program.

Foster Grandparents has volunteers that log more than 1,000 hours in the classroom. For many, this is a time that they are able to get out of the house and do something.

To students, these volunteers are at the least someone they can trust and look to in the classroom for help and at the most, a substitute for the grandparents they may not have in their lives. For these services, Mayor Gene Brown presented a proclamation to the program recently for the first ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service that is marked for today.

Brown read the proclamation aloud to the group of ladies at the advisory meeting, which included David and Mynan Hutto, director for Foster Grandparents, and also shared his reason for keeping the program close to his heart.

“Thank you for the involvement, I’ve always been an admirer of this program,” he said. “My mother-in-law joined this group and it’s a program that has touched my heart.”

Up next for the program is the annual Foster Grandparents recognition luncheon at 11 a.m. April 19 at First United Methodist Church.