A New School Year for ACCA’s Foster Grandparents

A New School Year for ACCA’s Foster Grandparents

Strien Barnett is looking forward to another school year serving as a Foster Grandparent.

For 5 years, Ms. Barnett has been serving as a Foster Grandparent at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School where she spends one-on-one time with the children, developing opportunities for them to grow and learn.

“I enjoy working with the kid’s and learning how to help them,” Strien Barnett said.

Across 12 counties throughout Northeast Georgia, the Athens Community Council on Aging’s Foster Grandparent Program strives to make a change in the lives of young students through meaningful connections in local classrooms.

With the ability to give hope, comfort, and love that assists these children toward a successful future, these 25 volunteers are an asset as mentors and tutors providing one-on-one support while assisting teachers in their classrooms.

Not only are Foster Grandparents role models and mentors to these children, but they are also friends, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment.

“You won’t be able to find a more dedicated and caring group of people than those in the Northeast Georgia’s Foster Grandparent Program. These individuals bring a grandparent’s touch to our communities’ classrooms. Ms. Barnett is a shining example, working with the children of  Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School,” said Senior Corps Director Tegan Hurley. “This program provides a unique opportunity for individuals age 55 and older with lower incomes to volunteer and earn a small stipend. The Foster Grandparent Program is a hidden gem in our community!”

To learn more about the Foster Grandparent Program, please visit https://www.accaging.org/volunteer/senior-corps/foster-grandparent-program/ or call (706) 549-4850. Foster Grandparents is currently accepting new enrollees throughout the 12 counties served. If you or someone you know would like to become involved, give us a call. We would love to share our message with you.

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