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Lyseth Students, Staff to Give Back to Beloved ‘Foster Grannies’

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Lyseth Students, Staff to Give Back to Beloved ‘Foster Grannies’
Posted on 12/14/2015
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Lyseth Elementary School students and staff plan to give the royal treatment to some foster grandmothers who regularly volunteer at the school. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, The “foster grannies” will be driven to the school in a limousine and then celebrated by students and staff when they arrive.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of The Opportunity Alliance Foster Grandparent Program.

“At Lyseth, we have six foster grannies who volunteer 15-35 hours per week throughout the school year,” said Sylvie Montello, Lyseth community coordinator. “To celebrate our foster grannies, we have arranged for a limo to pick them up at Northfield Green (an apartment complex for seniors) and bring them to Lyseth.”

The foster grannies will be picked up at 8:30 a.m. and are expected to arrive at Lyseth, located at 175 Auburn St., at 8:55 a.m. The foster grannies normally transport themselves but a former Lyseth student, who now owns a limousine service, is treating them to the plush ride, Montello said.

“Upon arrival, the grannies will be greeted by our principal, Lenore Williams, who will announce the 50th anniversary,” Montello said. “Students will be lined up in the hallway and the grannies will be asked to walk down the hallway, where students will applaud, have posters, say, “thank you,” and celebrate what these wonderful volunteers do for our school.”

She said the foster grannies “help greet students, get them settled for the day, work one-on-one or in small groups with reading, writing, math and other classroom activities. They support, nurture and love our students and staff.  They are priceless.”

The Opportunity Alliance is Cumberland County’s Community Action Agency and provides advocacy, leadership, and support to help individuals, families, and communities identify goals and address their needs. The agency’s programming includes family and community supports; mental health services for children and youth and adults; crisis intervention and prevention; early childhood education and community initiatives.