Foster Grandparents are Geared Up for
Another Successful School Year!
As another school year begins, our volunteers can’t wait to get back in the classroom. Check out these stories and testimonials as a reminder of why their presence in the classroom is invaluable.
Keith received literacy-focused tutoring on a weekly basis at the North Tampa Children’s Board Family Resource Center. Mr. Jackson was known for creating games out of the curriculum provided, such as rhyming games, word association, spell-out-loud, and more. This helped Keith stay engaged and learn in a fun way. After 4 months of weekly tutoring, Keith jumped from a reading level of DRA 20 to 30 – a jump normally made in approximately 9 months. At the beginning of the 21/22 school year, Keith was learning sight words, and in six months he was reading and enjoying fiction chapter books. Mr. Jackson made learning fun, which is exactly what Keith needed to succeed!
Our Grandmother Volunteer, Mrs. Eunice Bembrey, known to us as Mrs. B, has been a true treasure to our Head Start classroom. Mrs. B helps support our children in so many ways. She takes time out to go to the public library and check out books for the children. Mrs. B always asks about the curriculum and does research on what the children are learning, then shares her thoughts, feelings, and experiences on the subject. She has been a big help to me by helping the children who are moving to Kindergarten learn the alphabet letters and sounds. I can’t wait for Mrs. B to join us again. She is a part of our family.
–Tymaine Leon, Wimauma Head Start
Grandma Kathe is absolutely AMAZING! I can always depend on her for reminders and she helps keep me organized. Grandma Kathe makes my job a whole lot easier. I couldn’t do it without her. She’s an A+ granma for sure!”
-Ms. Griffin, Perkins Elementary