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Foster Grandparents enjoy lunch, prizes and concerts at Winter Appreciation Dinner

Foster Grandparents enjoy lunch, prizes and concerts at Winter Appreciation Dinner
Foster Grandparents and Foster Grandparents Program staff gather for a group photo at the Foster Grandparent Program Winter Appreciation Dinner Thursday, Dec. 8, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. Press photos by Bob Steenson 

Foster Grandparents got an update on the program, talked about their successes, and enjoyed bingo, lunch and door prizes at their annual Winter Appreciation Dinner, held Thursday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City.

The group also got a short concert by the St. John Christian Preschool students in the Parish Hall, and a concert by Charles City High School’s premier select choir, Rhymes With Orange, in the St. John church.

Anyone interested in joining the AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program should contact Director Jennifer Lantz at 641-257-6327 or [email protected], or click the application link on the Foster Grandparents page on the Charles City website, cityofcharlescity.org.

Foster Grandparents work in school classrooms and day care centers in the four-county area of Floyd, Mitchell, Chickasaw and Cerro Gordo counties.

To be eligible for the Foster Grandparent Program you must be at least 55 years of age, meet an income guideline, and like being with and helping children.

Foster Grandparents enjoy lunch, prizes and concerts at Winter Appreciation Dinner
The Charles City High School jazz vocal group Rhymes With Orange entertains Foster Grandparents at the Foster Grandparents Christmas Party at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thursday afternoon. Some of the music the group performed will be part of the school’s upcoming Winter Jazz Performance, Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Press photo by Bob Steenson
Foster Grandparents enjoy lunch, prizes and concerts at Winter Appreciation Dinner
The Charles City High School jazz vocal group Rhymes With Orange entertains Foster Grandparents at the Foster Grandparents Christmas Party at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thursday afternoon. Press photo by Bob Steenson
Foster Grandparents enjoy lunch, prizes and concerts at Winter Appreciation Dinner
High school vocal director Derek Sturtevant directs the Rhymes With Orange jazz vocal group as it performs for Foster Grandparents during the Foster Grandparents Program’s Christmas party, held Thursday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. Most of the activities were held in the parish hall, including bingo, door prizes, lunch, a program update and a short concert by the St. John Christian Preschool kids. The then group moved into the sanctuary for a 30-minute Rhymes With Orange Concert. Press photo by Bob Steenson
Foster Grandparents enjoy lunch, prizes and concerts at Winter Appreciation Dinner
Charles City Foster Grandparents Program staff are, from left, Field Coordinator Colleen Ortmayer, Director Jennifer Lantz and Office Coordinator Jean Boley.
Press photo by Bob Steenson
Foster Grandparents enjoy lunch, prizes and concerts at Winter Appreciation Dinner
Sophia Jensen plays the flute accompanying a song by Rhymes With Orange, performing for the Foster Grandparents Program at the group’s Christmas party Thursday afternoon at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. Jensen is also a member of the jazz vocal group. Press photo by Bob Steenson

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