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05/23/2019

Department of Aging Celebrates 1-4-3 Day with Grandparents and Schoolchildren in York County

York, PA – Today, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Acting Secretary Robert Torres answered Governor Wolf's call to participate in acts of kindness on May 23 as 1-4-3 Day in Pennsylvania by spending the morning at the Community Council Progress (CPC) Head Start school and Devers Elementary School with volunteers from the Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) of York County.

Acting Secretary Torres met with a FGP volunteer who shared her experience working with children at Community Council Progress Head Start, which provides high-quality, comprehensive preschool services to children aged three to five years old. He also visited Devers Elementary School to observe FGP volunteers in the classroom with elementary students.

"Highlighting the Foster Grandparent Program volunteers on 1-4-3 Day really demonstrates what this day of kindness is all about," said Acting Secretary Torres. "It's clear how much both the volunteers and children get out of this experience—the children receive support and guidance, while the volunteers are physically and mentally engaged as they work with and help a younger generation."

The FGP is a subsidized volunteer program that provides older adults the opportunity to mentor, tutor, and provide emotional support to children from birth to 21 years old who have special needs. FGP volunteers assist children in developing basic learning skills and give one-on-one attention in reading, writing, and math at locations like public schools, Head Start centers, and non-profit daycare centers.

Inspired by Fred Rogers who used the numbers 143 as his special code for "I love you," Pennsylvania acknowledges May 23 as 1-4-3 Day. On this 143rd day of the year, Pennsylvanians are encouraged to participate in and share acts of kindness and good deeds. Anyone seeking ideas for spreading kindness can visit pa.gov/143-day to use a kindness generator, which includes simple but impactful ways to brighten someone's day. The website will also include a kindness tracker, which will tally the number of good deeds shared on Twitter using the hashtag #143DayinPA. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to share their participation by joining the official Facebook event.

Media Contact: Rachel Wrigley, 717-783-6210

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