Notes from Amber and Tracy, Co-Directors of Education
At Peninsula we depend on volunteers to provide support for our teachers, as do most non-profit organizations. There are not many volunteers who are as dedicated and hard working as our crew of Foster Grandparents. The Foster Grandparents program has been a part of Peninsula Children’s Center for over 10 years. During that time we've had the opportunity to work with many dedicated individuals who are committed to making a difference in the community by having a positive impact on children and their families. Peninsula would like to thank all of our Foster Grandmas for their outstanding service to our school.
Foster Grandparents support our teachers and children in a variety of ways. They read stories to children, help serve meals, engage with children during outdoor play and center time, and assist with naptime. Most importantly, our Foster Grandparents provide another loving adult for children to bond with and interact with each day. Many children are displaced from their extended family, and may not have regular opportunities to interact with their biological grandparents. Our Foster Grandparents truly are an "extra set of hands" in our classrooms: they are never counted in our teacher/child ratio. Currently, our Foster Grandparents are as follows:
In addition, we have two other great classroom volunteers in our Toddler Room, Steven and Ray!
Gloria, Infant Room (pictured below)
Tommie Ann, Toddler Room (pictured to the right)
Betty, Junior Program (pictured to the right)
Muriel, Preschool 2 (pictured to the right)
Norma, Preschool 3 (pictured below)
On May 3 we had the honor of attending the annual Foster Grandparent Awards Luncheon. This event honors all Foster Grandparents serving across Multnomah County. We are so happy to join in celebrating the accomplishments of our Foster Grandparents on their special day.
At the luncheon, Norma was honored for volunteering at Peninsula for over 5 years. In addition, Gloria and Norma were honored by Multnomah County on April 30 for their dedication and commitment to making a difference in the community. Peninsula takes pride in having a high level of community involvement, and our thriving Foster Grandparent program is another example of our desire to serve our mission through community service.
We believe that when you add dedicated volunteers to a superb group of teachers and motivated students, you have the ingredients for a very successful school. The contribution that our Foster Grandparents and other volunteers make to the success of Peninsula cannot be minimized. Please take a moment to thank our Foster Grandparents when you see them hard at work in your child’s classroom. If you have any questions about our Foster Grandparent program, or about any other volunteer opportunities please contact one of us at any time: Amber (503-280-0534, ext. 33 or email@example.com) or Tracy (503-280-0534, ext. 36 or firstname.lastname@example.org).