in the Community
Be a Gran-Pal
Be a Mentor
The word "mentor" is defined by
Webster's Dictionary as "a friend or sage advisor."
A mentor is an excellent role to
be filled by a Gran-Pal. Mentoring provides older Americans the
opportunity to put their life experiences to work in the local community
by volunteering at local schools.
Gran-Pals give of themselves every
week. They are busy, but never too busy to provide their time and
energies to children.
All children have special needs
and greatly appreciate the love and attention they receive. The
service and kindness of a Gran-Pal fosters a bond in the hearts of
Mentors create a sense of
permanence in the world of learning. gran-Pals are patient,
loving, caring, interested, willing, and able to make time for children.
Being a mentor is different from
being a teacher. You are not simply transmitting skills. You
are firing children's imagination, growing their ambition, guiding them
in solving problems and giving them a sense of their own self worth.
Gran-Pals help assist children
with any needs suggested by the child's teacher, such as working on
improving reading skills, social skills, temperament, or behavior.
Their efforts enhance a child's physical development and improve the
child's self esteem. Gran-Pals serve children as invaluable role
Gran-Pals can inspire children to
fulfill their once-of-a-kind potential by accenting the positive and
focusing on children's strengths rather than on their weaknesses.
Gran-Pals have patience that is
usually only learned through the years. Gran-Pals are often
nonjudgmental and accepting of mistakes.
By being a Gran-Pal you can give
children a lifelong legacy of love and learning.
The relationships built between
mentors and children are the major benefits, which cannot be measured
Gran-Pals who participate in the
program receive many benefits, including a healthier lifestyle by being
active in the community.
The Gran-Pal program is an
innovative program sponsored by East Windsor Township Mayor and Council
through its Commission on Aging and in cooperation with the East Windsor
Regional School District.
The East Windsor Township Senior
Center is a community focal point where older persons can come together
for services and activities which enhance their dignity, support their
independence and encourage their involvement in and with the community.
If you are interested in
becoming a Gran-Pal, please contact Dina Leacock at the East Windsor
Township Senior Center, 40 Lanning Boulevard, at (609) 371-7192.
EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP
16 LANNING BOULEVARD
WINDSOR, NJ 08520