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Miss Paige

There are so many children across the Mid-South that are reading below their grade level. So the non-profit Porter-Leath is turning to grandparents for a little help with the problem. For 6 hours a day, Monday through Thursday, you will find Lorrina Paige at the library. None of the children she helps are related to her. But when they come through the doors at the Cherokee Library, they sort of are. "So many kids come back and say ‘Where is the lady that helped us read?’ I like that," Paige... Read More
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Shared Experiences Lead to Best Outcome

The residential program had a 16-year-old foster child enter custody after her aunt and uncle informed DCS she and her brother were no longer welcomed in their home, primarily after finding out she was pregnant. Custody of this girl was given to her paternal uncle and his wife after the death of both of her parents. This child suffered extreme verbal abuse from her uncle, was in an abusive relationship, and often reminded that she was to blame for her and her brother's situation. Another home... Read More
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Larry, a 16 year old boy, came to Porter-Leath's Runaway Homeless Youth program in January as a walk-in. He was transported to the agency by an elderly gentleman who reported that the youth had been living with his daughter for years, however she was no longer able to care for him due to substance abuse issues. The gentleman reported that he was the primary caregiver as the youth's birth mother was deceased and no other birth family members were willing to accept the caregiver role for the... Read More
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Mrs. Lillian Whitmore

Mrs. Lillian Whitmore has been a foster grandparent volunteer with Porter-Leath for over six years, serving over 1,000 hours each year. She has volunteered with children at Douglass Elementary focusing on reading and literacy and most recently mentoring children and youth at the North Branch Library. Mrs. Whitmore inspires the children and teens to strive toward academic excellence. She spends much of her 16 hours a week helping and encouraging the youth to complete homework assignments. Her... Read More
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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
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