The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 14, 2012

Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

Enid woman sees sense of purpose in the classroom

ENID — Taking on the role of foster grandmother at Sandbox Learning Center was a natural transition for Ella Loggins.

Loggins grew up in Enid before she moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where she was a transit bus driver for many years. She raised two daughters and a son and is now grandmother of 10.

It was the call to help her family that brought her back to Enid at 58.

“When my mother got sick, I came back to Enid to take care of my mother,” Loggins said.

In addition, she cared for an ailing aunt. Five years later, it was time for Loggins to find something else to fill her time. In the spring of 2006, she signed up for the Foster Grandparents program.

“I always had a house full of kids, so this took up that space,” Loggins said.

At Sandbox, she works with 14 to 16 kids, ages 3 to 6, helping them with art projects, teaching them to write their names and birth dates, boosting their social skills and in other ways helping get them ready to go to school.

As Loggins spoke on a recent day at Sandbox, a 3-year-old who only recently started coming to the day care center and preschool came over to her for a spot of comfort because he was missing his mommy.

“I solve all problems,” Loggins said, wisely.

The tots sit in her lap, hug her, give her reports on their accomplishments and show off their new knowledge.

“Grandma, I went potty,” one tells her.

“Grandma, I’m wearing blue,” another said.

Loggins gave a moment’s personal attention to each of them in turn.

Seeing the children and being involved in their lives gives Loggins a sense of purpose, she said.

“It’s something to get up for in the morning,” Loggins said. “Something to be on your mind to do. It really keeps you from getting old.”

Loggins said she encourages other people to get involved in the Foster Grandparent program.

“Foster Grandparents is a wonderful place to work,” Loggins said. “I’ll probably be here another 20 years.”

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Progress 2012
  • onlineheader.jpg 2012 ON THE HORIZON

    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service


    February 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • cover.jpg Community Service

    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

    Click HERE for pdf version of the edition.

    April 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chisholm vs Okeene_6_BV.jpg Chisholm seeks consistency

    August 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Karen Vanover_Bass Hospital Volunteer_2_BV.jpg A positive interaction

    Karen Vanover and A.Z. Callicoat are past volunteers of the year at their respective hospitals, Vanover at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and Callicoat at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Sandbox Learning Center_Ella Mae Loggins_BV.jpg Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

    “It’s something to get up for in the morning." — Foster Grandparent Ella Loggins

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Hedges_Carmen Ball_3_BV.jpg Hear this

    Hedges is committed to improving communications skills for those in need in northwest Oklahoma.
    Executive Director Carmen Ball said Hedges is the only full-service speech and hearing center in northwest Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • Stephanie Ezzell_BV.jpg Doing their part for the community

    Stephanie Ezzell is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

    April 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keepin' Enid Green_1_BV.jpg Sorting out the service

    The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • ESL_Emmanuel Baptist Church_4_BV.jpg Learning the language

    Volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church stepped up to fill that gap with free ESL instruction last January, and now they have hopes of expanding the program to better serve the community.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • First Presbyterian Church Mentoring_1_BV.jpg Tutoring joy

    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos