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Volunteers were recognized Wednesday, September 16, for their many years of service in the Foster Grandparents program. The program helps connect senior citizen volunteers with children with special needs to mentor and help them in school.

There are currently 60 volunteers that take part in the Foster Grandparents program. They were all invited to meet at the Grandview Learning Center to enjoy entertainment, food, and hear from Utah county commissioner Larry Ellertson. The program was hosted by Dr. Ray Morgan, assistant superintendent of the Provo School District.

Program Coordinator Cheri Christensen said it was special to commemorate those who have served so long. “All of our participants serve so diligently and we are proud of all of them.”

Several Utah County residents received “Years of Service” awards, including Helen Chatwin for 19 years of service, Faye Reeve for 18 years of service and Marie Hansen for 16 years of service, along with many other honored individuals who have served for many years.

The Foster Grandparents program is part of the Senior Services Department in Utah County. All volunteers are senior citizens who assist children in schools, daycare facilities, crisis nurseries and other places where they tutor and mentor children and individuals with special needs.

Residents of Utah County always welcome new volunteers who desire to help children in their local communities. For more details about the Foster Grandparents program, contact Cheri Christensen, program coordinator at 801-851-7767 or visit www.utahcountyonline.org/Dept/Seniors.

The Utah County Health Department seeks to promote health, and prevent avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. For details about UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. Or you can follow the UCHD at Twitter or be a fan on FaceBook.