Patricia Garrett of Glen Burnie has been a foster grandparent in Anne Arundel County for more than five years. She enjoys volunteering to read with students at Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn.
"It makes me feel great to know that I've helped them to break some barriers—going from not being able to read to reading," she said.
Anne Arundel County's Foster Grandparent Program matches older adults with young children in a mentoring program that provides benefits to both.
"The great work foster grandparent volunteers are conducting contribute to the health and vitality of their communities," said Kristin Plumer, director of the program for Anne Arundel County's Department of Aging and Disabilities.
Plumer added that the volunteers often tutor at-risk students, provide help to special education children, provide literacy support, or respond to children's social and emotional needs.
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