Bonding Through Literacy with Becky & Barbara
Our volunteers can’t wait to share their love of volunteering with others. That’s what makes them our best recruiters! This was definitely the case with Foster Grandmas Becky and Barbara. Barbara Burnett has been a volunteer with the Foster Grandparents Program (FGP) since 2017. She is 80 years young and loves to stay active by volunteering with many different organizations and is passionate about student literacy. She knows that it is critical for students to learn to read fluently by third grade because it is a strong predictor of high school graduation.
Rebecca “Becky” Bray met Barbara at Johnson Branch Library in St. Pete where they quickly hit it off and Barbara was able to introduce her to some other volunteer opportunities like FGP. When they were both tutoring for FGP at Perkins Elementary, they met a shy student who didn’t like to communicate with her classmates and couldn’t read. Becky made it her mission to work with the student every day for six weeks. By the end of the summer program, this student signed up for the school’s spelling bee competition and SHE WON!
Becky expressed her extreme gratitude to Barbara for introducing her to FGP and we couldn’t agree more. We’re so lucky and proud to have Becky and Barbara back in action this school year serving as Foster Grandmas! Scan the QR code to hear Barbara and Becky tell their story in their own words.
Join Becky, Barbara and the entire team of Foster Grandparents who love tutoring young students in the classroom.
Contact us today! FGP@seniorsinservice.org