Meeting children’s needs
Susie Daniels, program director for the Area 1 Foster Grandparent program, said volunteers work with youths through fifth grade in Enid and regional schools.
“We are assisting children by meeting their academic needs in the schools and helping prepare 4-year-olds to get them ready for kindergarten,” Daniels said.
Daniels said children’s reading skills improve when a grandparent works with them, and their confidence and pride in going to school is boosted.
In the elementary schools, the foster grandparents often work on the students’ reading comprehension, according to Daniels. It’s an arrangement that offers benefits for everyone involved, she said.
“The volunteers love being in the classroom, the children benefit from that extra assistance and the teachers are very appreciative of having extra hands,” Daniels said. “I have so much pride in our senior population and how they can meet community needs.”
Area I Foster Grandparent Program requires participants to be 55 or older, enjoy working with children, be in reasonably good health and able to serve a minimum of 15 hours per week.
Benefits include a tax-free $2.65 per hour stipend if income eligible, paid leave and holidays, a free annual physical, transportation assistance and a free daily meal.
For information about Foster Grandparents, contact the program at 548-8900 or toll free at (800) 522-1064.