Foster grandparent program helps increase student success rates - WKRN News 2

Foster grandparent program helps increase student success rates

Posted: Updated: Feb 5, 2013 05:04 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Foster Grandparent Program in Nashville continues to bring in dozen of volunteers in an effort to help increase students' success rates.

More than 75 foster grandparents volunteer five days a week, giving their time, energy and love in an effort to help increase the educational success of children who are at a risk for failure.

"What I wanted to do is be an example for them and try to provide them with some structure away from home and hopefully it will carry over into their home life," foster grandparent Faye Hall said.

At Napier Enhance Option School, volunteer grandparents spend one-on-one time with students helping them grasp math, phonics and life skills.

"They actually do call me granny and I think I make them feel like I am an away from home granny," Hall explained.

Richard Parker also spends time each week volunteering as a foster grandparent.

Parker told Nashville's News 2 he primarily works with fourth grade boys who are part of a group called Men of Distinction.

He added that he recently taught the elementary school boys how to tie a neck tie.

"I felt that by passing this on this would give them something that they know that they have achieved and it would give them a step up," Parker said.

In addition to teaching boys how to dress for success, Parker also spent time with student Jeroy Green who needed help with his some of his math skills.

"He kept helping me every day until I got it right," Green said, adding, "Now I am above my math average."

Principal Dr. Ronald Poe said the addition of the foster grandparents have played a positive role for students.

"When you infuse love into the learning community. When you infuse love into the academic exchange, it simply makes learning a lot better," he said.

Click here for more information on the Foster Grandparent Program.

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