There’s an old adage, it’s better to give than to receive. But the Foster Grandparent Program volunteers get the joy of experiencing both. A little over 100 adults ages 55+ who meet federal low-income guidelines volunteer approximately 6,000 hours a month. They help at-risk or special needs children in Wyandotte County from infancy through high school. They tutor oneon- one, assisting with reading, language development and math. For Foster Grandparent volunteers like Shirley Carter-Ikerd, helping in the classroom is rewarding especially sharing in the excitement as the children start to learn and understand new things. The volunteers, who get a small stipend, receive ongoing training and support. They come from diverse backgrounds, bringing a wide range of life and work experiences to their volunteer assignments.”I teach them something no one else has taught them,” Carter-Ikerd added proudly.