News of the Day

HAVE YOU HUGGED ‘GRAMMA’ TODAY?

by Craig Altschul

Virginia Griswold already has hundreds of grandchildren. Twenty more are added each year. It’s not that she has a large family that constantly gives her grandchildren. These grandchildren aren’t even family members. They are second graders at Rutland’s Northwest School, says the Rutland Herald. Virginia is one of 80 participants in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program’s Green Mountain Foster Grandparent Program. She also served as class "gramma" in the Northeast, Lincoln, and Rutland Intermediate Schools during her 18 years of volunteering. She provides the youngsters with support, help with their school work, encouragement, and lots of hugs. "There are so many kids nowadays that need the extra hug," she said. Being a foster grandparent keeps her busy and gives her something to look forward to every day. "It gets me up and out," Virginia said. Kids – and grammas – need hugs. Do your part.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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