The Deming Senior Citizen’s Center has provided an outlet for the school district to help as many students on an individual basis and make sure the learning experience is rewarding and academically sound.
Foster grandparents are spread throughout the district’s elementary schools. Six are assigned to Columbus Elementary, two each are at Ruben S. Torres and Bataan elementary and there is one assigned to Chaparral Elementary and Deming Head Start.
Alexandra Acosta is the volunteer program director at the senior center and oversees the Foster Grandparent Program. “Having a grandparent is the schools is primarily to give that one-on-one attention some students need,” Acosta said. “We hope that it helps some students emotionally and on the academic side as well.”