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Crosslake Community School Foster Grandparents were recognized by Lutheran Social Service (LSS) Senior Corps recently recognized area Foster Grandparents for their service to the schools and children.

At Crosslake Community School, Mary Klein and Cathy Svihel, each with two years of experience, and Marlys Brezinsky, one year, were recognized.

“Mary, Cathy and Marlys are three bright spots in the day for our students and staff. Their warm, caring ways with the students and the fun they have with our staff members truly make our school a special place,” said Todd Lyscio, Crosslake School executive director. “Thank you to LSS Senior Corps and these three very special women for helping our kids succeed.”

At Eagle View Elementary School in Breezy Point, David Anderson with nine years, Nancy Meinke with seven years and Jo Smith and Norma Leifeld, each with one year of experience, were recognized.

“Our Eagle View Foster Grandparents are remarkable,” said Principal Dave Endicott.

Foster Grandparents volunteer 15-20 hours a week working with children in need of extra tutoring and mentoring. They provide an intergenerational element in the classroom.

They receive a small tax-free stipend and mileage. Funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Minnesota Board on Aging and Crow Wing County United Way, as well as support from the schools where they serve.

Area LSS Senior Corps program manager is Marcia Ferris. Contact her at or 218-839-6650.

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