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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 put up with his behavior to help him see that he’s not “bad” but is really loved. Even now that he has transitioned to first grade, he will stop and visit with Grandmother Maxine. She continues to check on him to make sure he continues to have a positive self-image. 

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