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Foster Grandparent Program in D.C. Schools Gives Retirees a Small Stipend and Gives Students an Older Mentor

Cynthia Brown-Thomas’s job requires her to rise before the sun. It pays a meager stipend of $2.65 an hour. An exhausting display of patience is a must.

She credits the job with saving her life.

The 64-year-old retiree, who has survived two heart surgeries, is one of more than 200 D.C. seniors from low-income households working as classroom grandparents in the city’s schools.