Foster Grandparents Honored For Five Years Of Service
The Foster Grandparent Program held its 46th anniversary and recognition luncheon at A Touch of Class Catering, and honored 13 Foster Grandparents for five years of service in the program. Each honoree received an FGP 5-year Pin in a crystal, engraved case. Five year honorees, first row, from left, are Patricia Herring, Luzerne County Head Start, Nanticoke; Francis Policare, South Wilkes-Barre Child Development Council; Maureen Carey, Pittston Area School District; Anna Mae Fiore, Hazleton Area School District; Barbara Koch, Greater Nanticoke Area School District; and Patty Spaguolo, Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Second row: Mary Lou Zerfoss, FGP director; Rose Marie Shewack, Hazleton Area School District; Peggy Rebarchak, Hazleton Area School District; Jean White, Wilkes-Barre Area School District; Beverly Kuprionas, Luzerne County Head Start, Wilkes-Barre; Sally Miller, Wilkes-Barre Area School District; Elizabeth Smith, Child Development Council, Nesbitt Center; Lois Sugarman, Hazleton Area School District; Kathy Zgagowski, FGP field coordinator; and Renee Wilson, Mature Worker Program. The program is recruiting new Foster Grandparents. Pre-service orientation will take place in Wilkes-Barre the week of Nov. 12 and in Hazleton after the New Year. For information on potential placements, program benefits, and to schedule an in-person interview, call Zgagowski or Zerfoss at 570-822-1158 or 1-800-252-1512. Foster Grandparents are those individuals age 55 or older, who meet income eligibility criteria and possess a desire to work with at-risk children. For 20 hours per week of service they are entitled to many benefits including monetary compensation.