MOUNT VERNON — Celebrating the programs’ 40th anniversary, volunteers serving with the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development Foster Grandparent Program were honored with gifts and service awards at a luncheon held at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center’s Great Room on Oct. 5. This annual event brings recognition to the Senior Program volunteers serving children in Ashland, Coshocton, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Morrow and Richland County educational facilities.
Debbie Taylor, Area IV program coordinator expressed gratitude to the volunteers and thanked them for the difference they are making in the community and in the lives of the children they serve. Volunteer site representatives and local official were also recognized for their support of the volunteers and the program.
Local officials attending and expressing gratitude to the volunteers were State Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl, David Howard representing Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, Darrell Kirk, representing Congressman Bob Gibbs’ office and Knox County commissioners Roger Reed and Teresa Bemiller.
Letters of appreciation of service were presented to the volunteers from Ruhl and Brown’s offices. Certificates of appreciation were presented from Gibbs’ office.
New volunteers were honored with a ribbon and pin. From Coshocton County are Bonnie Milhoan, Peg Treat, Coshocton County Head Start and Caroline Ray, Central Elementary School.
Knox County: Steve Faulkner and Linda Mayle, Dan Emmett Elementary School; Thelma Foss, Knox County Head Start; Pat Jarrell and Juanita Pritchard, YMCA Pre-School; and Dar Turner, Learning Center.
Licking County: Mary Jean Hupp, Hebron Elementary; Mary Krehlik, Newton Elementary School; Shelia Mangus, Oregon Elementary School; Teri Molnar and Carol Stanley, Par Excellence Elementary School.
Ashland County: Janet Keener and Ana Maria Rivera, Kno-Ho-Co Ashland Head Start.
Holmes County: Carrie Henderson, Millersburg Head Start.
Volunteers receiving a pin and certificate for one year of service are: Joyce Thomas, Central Elementary School Coshocton County.
Knox County: Mary Smith, Wiggins Street Elementary School; Ruth Spittle, Danville Elementary School; and Roberta James, Centerburg Elementary School.
Licking County: Patricia Drake, Granville Christian School.
Morrow County: Martha Drake, Park Avenue Elementary School.
Ashland County: Beverly Allgire, Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Head Start.
Receiving a pin, certificate and corsage for five years of service was Rose Jones of Coshocton, serving at Central Elementary School.
Four volunteers received a pin, certificate and corsage for 10 years of service. They are Edith Duncan, Danville Elementary School; Molly Payne and Margaret Woods, Mount Vernon Developmental Center; and Freda Farmer, Knox County Head Start. All serve in Knox County.
Fifteen-year awards were given to Beverly Schleich, Kids Campus Daycare/Pre-School in Coshocton County; Carole Coe, Mount Vernon Developmental Center and Ruth Palmer, Learning Center, both from Knox County.
Special recognition was given to retired volunteer, Antonina Lenzo, for the 25 years of service she gave to the program and the children in Coshocton County. Most of her service was at the Coshocton County Head Start Centers.
COAD Foster Grandparent Program is a volunteer opportunity for seniors 55 and older that can give 15 to 40 hours per week of their time. If income eligible, a modest hourly stipend and mileage reimbursement is paid to the volunteer. For more information, please contact Debbie Taylor at 740-392-6251.
The Foster Grandparent Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a part of National Senior Corps, Ohio Department of Aging and local contributions.