Family center drops program for grandparent mentors in schools

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BRIDGEPORT -

Friday was the last day for several volunteers of the Foster Grandparent Program in Bridgeport, which gives seniors a chance to mentor students in city schools.

The Child and Family Guidance Center, which sponsors the project, says it is relinquishing the federal grant for it, eliminating the $2 hourly pay and stipends for transportation and meals.

But the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Bridgeport says it is working to keep its three volunteer grandmothers and held a fundraiser Friday to help them.

News 12 reached out to the Child and Family Guidance Center but did not immediately get a response.

Meanwhile, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers the Foster Grandparent Program, says it will hold a replacement sponsor competition at a later date.

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