The Chickasaw Nation administers the Foster Grandparents initiative in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service, providing opportunities for children in the classroom to interact with and learn from Chickasaw elders. "The foster grandparents help the children with their literacy skills, numeracy skills, social and emotional development," explains Lacey McFadden, Special Projects Manager for the Office of Childcare. Their presence in the classroom gives children a feeling of support and allows for one-on-one help in areas where the children are struggling. The coaching is also beneficial for the elders: "It just keeps me more energetic and makes my brain work," says foster grandparent Lonie Burris. Anyone over the age of 55 is invited to apply; after being admitted to the program, foster grandparents will be asked to volunteer 15-40 hours a week and will receive a small stipend. For more information, visit Chickasaw.net.