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First Lady Glenna Fletcher Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Foster Grandparent Program

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 11, 2005  
Contact Information:  Dottie Persinger

FRANKFORT, Ky.:  First Lady Glenna Fletcher spoke today at the recognition luncheon for more than 70 volunteers in the Foster Grandparent Program hosted by Save the Children at the Cumberland Inn in Williamsburg, KY. Nearly half of the senior men and women received prestigious Lifetime Presidential Service Awards for contributing over 4,000 hours of community service.

“Reading out loud to young children can be one of the most important activities we can do to promote success in reading and learning in school, “ Mrs. Fletcher stated. “These foster grandparents are helping their children by nurturing and supporting their reading efforts early and giving them better and brighter paths for their future.”

In the rural Appalachian region of Kentucky, where Save the Children began its work in 1932, the organization recruits and trains seniors to strengthen the literacy skills of school-aged children in Jackson, Knott, Letcher, Perry and Whitley counties.  This year the program will expand to include Clay and Owsley counties with support from First Lady Glenna Fletcher and the Kentucky Education Cabinet and Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

First Lady Glenna Fletcher is committed to working with the issues she feels will make a difference in the lives of Kentucky families. Her passion for literacy among Kentucky’s children inspires her to promote early literacy and read to children across the Commonwealth. For more information about the First Lady and the programs she supports, visit her web site at