Broome County is thanking the many volunteers who serve our area’s classrooms, neighborhoods, and communities.
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar joined the national initiative to say “thank you” and highlight the impact of volunteers serving under AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.
A recognition ceremony was held Thursday at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Binghamton, where Foster Grandparents give their time to teachers and students.
Operated through the Office for Aging, seniors spend time in the classroom assisting with daily duties and activities along with socializing with students.
Estella Marroquin is a foster grandparent at Teddy Roosevelt and the students call her “Abuela” which means “Grandmother” in Spanish.
“When I see the smile on their faces, I think I did something right for them. That really makes my day,” said Marroquin.
Marroquin says she enjoys translating English words to Spanish to help kids with their vocabulary.
She also enjoys making Spanish food for the class to enjoy for special events.
Foster Grandparents spend over 50,000 hours in 19 Broome County schools.