Foster Grandparent Program unites people young and old

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — An organization is uniting people ages young and old.

Workforce Connections runs the Foster Grandparent Program, which connects people aged 55 and over with elementary students across the Coulee Region.

The nonprofit organization has been helping kids and their foster grandparents make memories for seven years, but one grandparent started bonding with students on his own about a decade ago.

Over the years, Grandpa Jerry has met with 70 different second graders and he’s seen them grow into amazing individuals.

“The main idea is that these kids have really really developed into fine young people and am I going to take the credit for it? I’m not,” said Foster Grandparent Grandpa Jerry. “It’s these kids. It’s the kids that have really gone and done it and really improved the way that they have.”

Workforce Connections is looking for more foster grandparents.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster grandparent yourself, please contact Amy Larson at Workforce Connections at 608-317-9133 or to learn more specific details about the program.