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Randy Meierhofer (320) 685-5820 Ext:5829 320-290-2870 CALL Thursday, September 15, 2011 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Local seniors return to school as Foster Grandparents The smile on a child's face, the smell of new shoes and the sight of big yellow school buses roll- ing down the streets bring lots of excitement as the new school year kicks off. Not only are thousands of children going back to school, so are 200 Foster Grandparent senior volunteers serving throughout Central Minnesota Foster Grand- parent Program's 16-county area. Foster Grandparents help chil- dren learn how to read, provide one- on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. One Foster Grandparent who has seen the results of their service first-hand is Grandma Freda Andreini, who works with elementary-age chip dren. Last school year, Grandma Freda had a student who showed no interest in reading and was in dan- ger of repeating the first grade. "Our first few sessions left me both perplexed and exhausted," she said. "He just sat there and waited for me to tell him what a word was and then repeated it." Grandma Freda knew she was going to have to get creative. "The breakthrough came when I pro- duced a pack of word cards and started him on 'Hooked on Phonics.' He liked moving his marker up the map that comes with the set; it looks like a game board. I discovered that this child loves games!" After this breakthrough, Grandma and her student started to make visible progress. "I also introduced prizes for reach- ing certain goals, little cars and things like that," she said. "We ran through the easy words and I was hunting for harder and harder words. Soon, he began to read his class textbooks fluently! I am glad that our sessions together in the afternoons helped this child enjoy school and feel free to let people know how smart he really is." Through Grandma Freda's efforts, the student progressed to the second grade with his class- mates. Foster Grandparents are often utilized in schools to bring students up to grade level in read- ing and math by giving them extra support and help. Each year thou- sands of students stay on-track with their peers in school through the work and dedication of seniors serving as Foster Grandparents. In Kimball one local senior vol- unteers as a Foster Grandparent: Gwen Caird. Looking for a place where you can go hunting, fishing? 31 acres on Rice Lake. Great setting & potential with 200 ft. of lake frontage! 62853 385th, WATKINS Great property with 28 acres bring the animals & enjoy this quiet, country setting. Nice big shed for the equipment or toys. Exceptional value at $199,900 Hard to find 99+ acres on one of the most beautiful settings around. Older farm house w/triple garage. Acreage is mix of open-land, tree coverage & wet- land. Gorgeous setting near Lake Francis. You can have it all! Go fishing or fide your horse in this country-setting with 40 acres! Lg shed w/office space, box stalls, storage rm. 2nd shed for equipment. Rambler-style l-level hm. Gwen Caird of Kimball has been a Foster Grandparent for several years new at Kimball Elementary School. Early Childhood Family Education By Maggie Lundorff Early Childhood Family Edu- cation is experiencing some new changes for this school year. We are excited about the Family Edu- cation classes and are working hard on signing up kids and their parents to let kids have their first school experience within the com- fort of the family. We will be offer- ing classes for three- to five-year olds on Monday (Kimball) and Tuesday (Eden Valley) sites in the evenings. We also have a Wig- gle Room class offered on Thurs- day evening in Watkins. Our day- time classes will be held on Tues- day morning (Kimball) and Friday morning (Watkins). These classes very often are any age child, and parents can even bring the whole pre-K age family! We have new staff for ECFE. Following is an introduction of the two parent educators who will be enjoying the Kimball families this year. Make them feel welcome and they'll return the favor!! Melisa Tenvoorde "Hi, I'm Melisa Ten- voorde and I will be work- ing as a parent educator for ECFE in Kim- ball. My first license is K-6th and I have worked in a variety of age classrooms since my college years. My son and I attended ECFE in 2006. I immediately fell in love with the program and wanted to become more active in it. Soon after my first ECFE class, I registered for the first of the classes to become a certified Parent Educator. I am excited to get to know all of you as we experience fun learn- ing activities. We will discover together and discuss kid's devel- opment and growth stages! Welcome to a great year of Early Childhood Family Education. We hope to enrich the wonderful par- ents you have already become. See you soon!" Nancy Trehey "Hi, I'm Nancy Trehey and I am excited to be joining the ECFE staff in Eden Valley and Kimball. I am a licensed parent educa- tor who is pas- sionate about strengthening fam- ilies by supporting parents as they grow healthy children. I'm look- ing forward to getting to know the parents and children in the Tues- day morning Mixed Age and Tues- day evening Let's Learn classes. Together, we'll be a terrific team!" Call for a place in a Family Education class today: Maggie or Diane (320) 398-7700 Ext. 218, or (320) 764-5575 Ext. 3114. www.tricou ntynews. M N