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Grandparent volunteers in a West Seneca classroom

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Inside a classroom in the West Seneca Central School District you will find some parents and grandparents volunteering.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley brings us that story.

Seated at the head of a small, child-size table inside an Allendale Elementary School classroom we found Eileen Bromley, a grandmother, working with five first graders. Bromley tells WBFO News she's retired and by volunteering in the classroom she's helping students and herself.

"And I love being with children, and my granddaughter's in first grade and I did it in kindergarten too,” said Bromley.

Bromley has been volunteering for the last two years.  It's not every day, sometimes it's two days a month or four days a month. But Bromley says she believes it’s good for the generations to mingle.

“It’s good for the parents, the grandparents and to get to mingle with their children and their teachers – knowing what they are doing in the classroom actually,” explained Bromley.                                                     

Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley
Bromley sat at the table assisting students with a verb tense exercise.

As Bromley sat at the table, she was assisted students working on a verb tense exercise. Through Bromley is actually being inspired to return to the classroom for herself.

“Even at my age, I would like to go back, even to be an assistant to the teachers, so that’s what I will be looking at to,” noted Bromley.

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