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Foster grandparent program ends, opens new opportunities


January 26, 2023

Pathfinder archive photo Jan. 28, 1988

Missoula Aging Services Foster Grandparent Pearl Hawkins teaches Seeley Lake Elementary preschooler Liam O'Brien how to properly hold a scissors during class in 2020. "I just love being with the kids and teaching them," said Hawkins. "I feel when they learn something, I had a part in it."

SEELEY LAKE - Pearl Hawkins was devastated when she learned Missoula Aging Services was discontinuing the Foster Grandparent program Jan. 31. Now 80-years-old, Hawkins was the longest-serving MAS foster grandparent in Missoula County working with the Seeley Lake Elementary preschool for 18 years. Hawkins was nearly in tears as the SLE staff hugged her and told her they would figure out how to keep her. As of Jan. 3, SLE hired her to continue her work in the preschool as a paraprofessional.

"During her role as a foster grandparent she supported our program in the same way a teacher's aid wo...

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