Copper Lake/ Lincoln Hills School near Irma houses nearly 400 juvenile offenders. It is basically a prison for teens convicted of crimes in Wisconsin.
While they are there--they go to school and take part in programs aimed at keeping them out of trouble once they are released. A foster grandparent is one of the programs offered at the school. Thursday, 21 foster grandparents were honored for their efforts at the school. Superintendent Paul Westerhaus said, "Sometimes all it takes is one person that can reach out to a kid to make a difference in their life."
The foster grandparents joined together with officials from the Department of Corrections for a luncheon. Some of the volunteers are in their first year of service. Many more are longtime volunteers, serving between six and ten years. The longest serving volunteer honored, has been part of the program for 22 years. The program dates back 39 years at Lincoln Hills.