A program that benefits area children and their families was highlighted during Monday’s meeting of the Greater Terre Haute chapter of the NAACP.
“Area children and their families benefit greatly from the services of the Foster Grandparents,” said Sandra Wickware, chair of the NAACP criminal justice committee.
As a Foster Grandparents herself, Wickware knows firsthand the invaluable experiences offered by the program.
The Foster Grandparents program works with children from infancy up to 20 years of age. The program serves children in Vigo County schools, childcare facilities, the area Head Start Program, Mosaic, and even The Happiness Bag. They are always looking to broaden their reach.
“They help the teachers especially with the kids that may be a little behind, because a lot of times teachers continue to go forward and leave those kids behind, not because they want to, but the grandparents make up for that. Because they are the future and we want to make sure those kids have an opportunity from these grandparents to help them get ahead, ” said Sylvester Edwards, NAACP Terre Haute branch president.”