Exactly what IS a GrandPal, you might ask. As related in a MercerMe article by Angela Jacobs, a GrandPal (adults 47 years old and older) reads to the same two elementary school children in grades K -2 each week for about 30 minutes. The goal of the program is to foster positive intergenerational relationships and to create a love of reading in young children.
Lawrence resident Bob McHugh has started GrandPals programs in other districts. After first requesting and receiving the support of the Lawrence Board of Education and Superintendent Crystal Edwards, McHugh worked with Andrew Zuckerman, director of instructional services, to bring the program to the Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS).
GrandPals launched within LTPS on January 25 at Slackwood School. There, GrandPals will read to kindergarteners for 30 minutes once a week during the students’ lunch period. When more GrandPals volunteer for the LTPS program, the program will expand to Eldridge Park School.
To volunteer or learn more about the program in Lawrence Township, contact Bob McHugh at (609) 883-5968 or email@example.com.