Pinellas schools may save grandparents program
To save money, the Pinellas County School Board didn’t renew a $30,000 contract last year for the Foster Grandparents program, which hires low-income senior citizens to work as mentors/tutors at a dozen south Pinellas elementary schools. But the program appears poised to win a reprieve.
The board is set to consider renewal at its Oct. 27 board meeting. The shift comes after Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, the group that oversees the program, sent pleas to teachers, principals and others to help save it.
The program has its roots in President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Societyand has been in Pinellas 29 years. Last year, 30 of its seniors logged in 20,000 hours in Pinellas schools. They were paid $2.65 an hour, with the district picking up $1.41 of that.