Tribune staff reports

Foster Grandparent volunteers from Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties recently were honored for the service that affects the daily needs of children in Head Start programs and elementary schools.

Cheryl Kenyon, public services director for the program’s sponsor, Thrive Alliance, thanked all of the volunteers for their important work mentoring children in the local communities during the event at Vernon Baptist Church.

She said Foster Grandparents make memories in the children’s lives and their own lives, according to a news release from Thrive Alliance.

The event was during the National Senior Corps Week celebration for Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companion programs.

During the week, the public nationally recognizes the ability Americans 55 and older possess to use their wisdom, professional skills and experience to cultivate and nurture the kind of change that makes a lasting generational impact.

Special musical entertainment was provided by This Old Guitar Band from Seymour.

Those involved locally as Foster Grandparents at Seymour elementary schools are Janet Brown, Betty Burton, Betty Holt, Thomas Judd, Dee Krebs, Bonnie Lowe, Trudy Nichalson, Margarita Orosco, Janet Schurman, Marlyin Terry, Rita Thomas, June Weddell and Mary Lou Yutzy.

Foster Grandparents at Brownstown Elementary School are Robin Hanner, Patt Hougland, Bill Hougland, Risa Smith, Rosemary Stucker and Wanda Watson.

Also, at Crothersville Elementary School: Meda Dixon, Gayle Walker, Shearlene Whipple and Carolyn Weddle; at Medora Elementary School, Joann Wheeler; at Seymour Christian Academy, Pam Michaels; at St. Ambrose Catholic School, Donald Matzner; and at Human Services Head Start, Norma Hall.

The program is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsored locally by Thrive Alliance. If you are interested in mentoring children by sharing experience and supporting learning in your community, call 866-644-6407.