DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Instead of spending their retirement golfing or playing bridge, some senior citizens have decided to give back.
The Foster Grandparent program places seniors with schools and non-profits, and the adults get to help kids with math, reading or whatever they need.
Organizers say it gives kids a little extra boost in school, but more than that, it gives them someone else to turn to. "They have grandma to come to, that gives them the safety and the security to try and get better," said program manager Roberta Greeson.
Students say that working with a Foster Grandparent has helped them succeed in school.
Third grade student Jacob Stafford told KPIC News he likes the program, "because she helps me with my work."
They also like the chance to make a new friend. "I just like her really well, and she's really nice," said another third grader, Jamie Wiley.
Greeson says the volunteers have a unique opportunity to bond with the kids. "Because we aren't the authority, we become more like their friends," she siad.
Roberta believes that kind of relationship is invaluable to the kids. "It gives the child somebody to talk to that has the time to sit and listen to their dreams."
For more information on the Foster Grandparent program, you can contact UCAN.