Category: Generations

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Grandmother Maxine

Grandmother Maxine Blackmon became a part of the Foster Grandparent Program at KIPP Head Start in July 2012. She cares deeply about the children she volunteers with. She has invested in several children who struggle to make good choices in class. One boy consistently labeled himself as “bad” and tried to get others to see him that way. But Grandmother Maxine persisted in reaching out to him even though he was sometimes rude to her. She cares so much for him that she was willing to voluntarily... Read More

Grandpa George

George Watson, or Grandpa George as the children at Douglass Head Start refer to him, has been a foster grandparent volunteer with Porter-Leath for eight years, serving for over 1,000 hours each year. He has spent all his years mentoring the young children in the Douglass community. On any day you can enter the classroom and find Grandpa George singing and dancing with the children. He plays games and offers a comforting hand to the children when they are upset. All the children vie to ‘sit n... Read More