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Mentoring Kits Enhance Reading At Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp

September 1, 2013
The Post-Journal

Lutheran Foster Grandparent Program received funds from the New York state Office for the Aging. The funds were designated for mentoring kits to be used by Foster Grandparent volunteers while serving with their assigned children. Foster Grandparents work one-on-one with children who may benefit from the direct attention of an adult. During a typical school year, around 70 Foster Grandparents are placed in schools, Project Head Starts, or pre-elementary sites within the three counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. This year, several Foster Grandparents requested summer volunteer placements. FGP approached the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown seeking placements for our volunteers. Summer camp was a perfect assignment. Through the years, FGP has discovered it would be useful if Foster Grandparents had some good tools or resources. These tools are especially beneficial for our Foster Grandparents when they are not working in a structured classroom setting or when working independently with their assigned student within a classroom. The Mentoring Kits better prepare volunteers to work with children. The kits not only included books, but are equipped with "think sheets" and activities to quiz the children after the Foster Grandparents read the stories aloud. The sheets are handy to better understand the child's comprehension of what is being read to them. The books selected were from the "My Books Summer" program created by Scholastic.



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