The PCCEO Foster Grandparent program partnered with Woodruff Head Start and Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center to hold a special performance for volunteers in the PCCEO Foster Grandparent program. The event was held at Woodruff Career & Technical Center. There were over 45 foster grandparents in attendance and 160 students that performed a variety of Christmas songs and dances.

Students dressed up as Santa’s reindeer during their special performance of ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’.  “This event helped brightened the mood for our foster grandparents and gives them something to look forward to”, said Foster Grandparent Program Manager Tameko Williams. “We are definitely looking forward to building partnerships with other organizations to make events such as this one happen more often.”

The event received important donations from Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart and Peoria Public Schools. After the performance, students handed out gifts to all of the foster grandparents that were in attendance.  Some grandparents were even surprised to see their grandchildren performing. “Having my grandchild perform for us was truly a surprise and I enjoyed every moment”, said Foster Grandparent volunteer Shirley Hughes.

Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The PCCEO Foster Grandparent provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities. For information on joining the Foster Grandparent program, contact Tameko Williams at 309-671-3950.