Special to The Hays Daily News

Hays Foster Grandparents Jo Hauptman, Darline Brown, Ella Dechant, Roberta Feary, Carol Windholz and Connie Wilson were honored for their service to children with special needs at the July inservice meeting July 7 at Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays.

Hauptman, Brown and Windholz were recognized for one year with the program; Feary for six years; Wilson for nine years and Dechant for 12 years.

The Foster Grandparent volunteers provide one-on-one attention, read to and with the children, help with school work and serve as positive role models. They serve in Hays schools, preschools and daycare centers.

Foster grandparents must be 55 years of age or older, and must be willing to commit at least 15 hours each week helping children. They serve as tutors and mentors. Their commitment of time entitles them to benefits including a tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour to enable them to serve without cost to themselves.

Other benefits are a travel allowance, accident and liability insurance, training, a meal when feasible, a uniform and recognition.

The Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by Fort Hays State University and provides service opportunities for older adults in western Kansas.

The program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington,. Funds are also provided by Ellis County. For information about the program, call (785) 628-5809.