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Center celebrates 10 years of kinship care

Shelia Perry and her granddaughter, Alecia Merritt, concentrate on their project during a bonsai tree trimming class at Kinship Care last month. (Special Photo)

Shelia Perry and her granddaughter, Alecia Merritt, concentrate on their project during a bonsai tree trimming class at Kinship Care last month. (Special Photo)

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Grandmother Yvonne Suttles with her bonsai tree during the tree trimming class last month at Kinship Care Center in Jonesboro. (Special Photo)

JONESBORO — Clayton County Kinship Care Resource Center celebrates 10 years of supporting grandparents raising grandkids with a reception today.

The reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Shelnutt Inter-Generational Center at 849 Battle Creek Road.

The center provides resources and support to grandparents who have taken on a second generation of children to raise for a variety of reasons. Some have had to return to the work force in their golden years to make ends meet.

The center ensures that grandparents and their grandchildren stay busy, occupied and young by providing activities for the kids, for their grandparents and for the combined groups.

Last month, families participated in a bonsai tree trimming class and Thursday, grandparents took a day trip to Georgia State to listen to a symphony production, said Kinship Care Program Coordinator Angie Burda.