to recent funding cuts and an increase in transportation costs to the
Foster Grandparent Program, Sheridan Elementary came up with a unique
way to raise funds for their foster grandparents, Grandma Arlene and
Grandma Barb. The school raffled off half-day planning sessions.
winning staff members, May Vang, educational assistant and Dawn Brauer,
second grade teacher, will win a half-day of school planning while
Principal Mike Trimberger will cover their position. The total amount
raised was $301.
Third grade teacher Kathy Petersen organized the fundraiser.
are very appreciative of all the work that our Grandmas do for Sheridan
School. They are definitely a part of our community," Petersen said.
"The children love working with them, and we love the extra help and
attention that they give to our students. Our only wish is that we
could have more Grandmas in our building so that all of our children
could experience their love and care."
Arlene has worked with the students at Sheridan for eight years and
Grandma Barb is in her second year of service. Both agree that being a
part of the Sheridan family is an added blessing to being in the
"This is just another snapshot of how
special everyone at Sheridan is; even in times of budget concerns our
staff showed their unwavering support to these members of our school
community. I believe that the total we raised shows just how important
Sheridan feels the Foster Grandparent Program is for our students,"
Grandma Arlene and Grandma Barb
are two of the 36 older adults presently enrolled in the Sheboygan Area
School District Foster Grandparent Program, celebrating its 35th year
of service to the community. These older adults work with students in
the elementary setting providing tutoring and mentoring services 15 to
25 hours weekly. For their hours of service, they receive a tax-free
stipend and a daily meal and mileage reimbursement.
Horneck, program director, said, "This is another example of the
wonderful support our grandparents receive from the teachers and staff.
Many of the schools have made contributions to offset our budget
shortages but this is definitely the most unique and interesting way in
which it has been done. Our warmest thanks and appreciation to everyone
for lending us a helping hand."
Anyone 55 or older
and would like to learn more about volunteering in the school setting
may contact Barbara Horneck at James Madison Elementary School,
Foster Grandparents Grandma Barb and Grandma Arlene pose with the
winning tickets, which were presented by Trimberger.