Family center drops program for grandparent mentors in schools

<p>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.</p>

News 12 Staff

Oct 6, 2017, 7:50 PM

Updated 2,424 days ago

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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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