Foster grandparent program returns to classrooms after year-long hiatus due to COVID-19

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Jonna Rhein, right, helps students with their reading skills at Paxson Elementary School on Tuesday.

Rhein encourages students to emphasize punctuation while reading out loud.

Skylar Rispens

Earlier this week, tucked away behind two whiteboards at Paxson Elementary School, small groups of students read books aloud in “Grandma Jonna’s Corner.”

They practiced diction and fluency while expanding their vocabulary under the watchful eye of Jonna Rhein, 71, who volunteers as a foster grandparent with Missoula Aging Services.

They practice diction and fluency while expanding their vocabulary reading books under the watchful eye of 71-year-old Jonna Rhein, who volunteers at Paxson Elementary School as a foster grandparent with Missoula Aging Services.

Ben Smith

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