Special to The Hays Daily News

Foster Grandparents Marian Geist, Hays, and Willena Martin, Ellis, were honored for their service to children at an in-service meeting Dec. 6 at Sternberg Museum. Geist has served 11 years with the program, while Martin has served nine years.

Geist and Martin share their time helping children with special needs. Geist serves with Hays Head Start, and Martin volunteers at Washington Grade School in Ellis. They are positive role models, providing attention to children who might not have a consistent, caring adult to help them. As Foster Grandparents, they read to children, help with schoolwork, listen to the children and play with them, and they teach valuable skills that will help the children succeed in school and life.

For their service, the volunteers are provided benefits which include a tax-free stipend, transportation allowance, accident and liability insurance, paid orientation, monthly training, sick leave, vacation, holidays and recognition.

The Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by Fort Hays State University and primarily funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Ellis County and the city of Ellis provide support to the program. For information, call FHSU at (785) 628-5809.