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Harold Burke recently received the Foster Grandparent Program's Malcolm Brennan Angel Award. The award was established to honor foster grandparents who go above and beyond the call of duty. The family of Malcolm Brennan, a foster grandparent at Heights-Murray Elementary School for nearly a decade and a member of the Foster Grandparent Program's Advisory Council, began sponsoring the award in 2003. Burke has been a foster grandparent since 2006. He has served at Valley Elementary in the Hazleton Area School District for the past five years. Burke is a 23-year veteran of the Marine Corp, retiring as a captain. He received the Volunteer of the Month Award from the Hazleton Area School District last year. He is also a member of the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board. The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is recruiting new members. Individuals, age 55 or older, that have a limited income and a desire to work with children are needed. Volunteers work 20 hours per week and are entitled to many benefits, including monetary compensation. Tutoring and mentoring positions are available at local schools, day care centers and Head Start Programs. For more information contact Mary Lou Zerfoss at 822-1158 or 1-800-252-1512. At the award presentation, from left: Marge Gushka, chairman, FGP Advisory Council; Burke; and Kathy Dwyer, coordinator, FGP.

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