At recent Foster Grandparent Program recognition dinners, foster grandmothers and foster grandfathers were recognized for their service during the 2011-12 school year. Sixty-three foster grandparents served over 65,000 hours in local schools and child care centers. The FGP has been in existence in our area since 1985 and during all those years it was sponsored locally by Lutheran. The program was initiated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1963 as a part of his War on Poverty programming. It has since then continued to demonstrate its value to both our senior citizens and school age children. School districts eagerly welcome foster grandparents as part of their programming.