TIFTON, GA (WALB) - For many people, retirement means leaving work behind and heading to the nearest beach. But for one Tifton woman, retirement means catching up on her reading.
Kindergarten students at Tifton's Len Lastinger Elementary School look forward to every Wednesday and Friday, because those are the days when they are visited by their "Grand."
80 year old Abalene Fore has been volunteering in classrooms since raising her sons Mickey and Lamar. "I started with them as grade mothers. I would go to the room and plan parties and every thing. And tell parents what to bring. And, if they didn't bring it, I had to bring it. But I enjoyed it because I loved the children," she said.
And that love for children led Fore to volunteer at Len Lastinger Primary School. Twice a week she comes to read to the kindergarten class that this year includes her great granddaughter Millie.
"And so, when Millie came along, I was sitting home, doing nothing, I said, I would love to go. So, I called over and asked the school could I come over to the school and help them."
Fore spends one on one time with each student, helping them learn to read.
And the teachers are happy to have her. "It started out Mrs. Fore, and pretty quickly, we just gave up and we just call her Grand. Because she is Grand. And, that's who she is, and it works for us," said Kindergarten Teacher Tracy Ingram.
Grand says it warms her heart to teach the students, and the teachers welcome her to do so beyond reading. "She takes part in some of our lessons. and she shares with them the additional things she's doing to continue to learn. So, she sets a tremendous example for life long learning."
Now three generations into volunteering, Fore says she's grateful for the time she gets to spend with her great-grand daughter.
She also hope she will be an example for others to get involved.
The Tift County School district would like to see more parents volunteer even just an hour a week. You can contact the district for more information.