Head Start awareness celebrated at Winston County Head Start

From staff reports

On Friday, Oct. 26, Winston County Head Start hosted a special children’s event in conjunction with National Head Start Awareness month.

Parents, teachers, students, staff and visitors came together at the Winston County Head Start Center to watch the students present a program celebrating the founding of Head Start.

According to Mississippi Action for Progress (MAP) website, the programs at the head start help ensure children receive comprehensive education following best practices in Early Childhood Education and National Head Start Standards, healthy and nutritious meals, and physical, social, emotional, behavioral development, and disability services.

Students helped kick off the program with the students singing before gathering to release a group of colorful balloons into the clear skies sky above.

Peggy Crawford, a community volunteer and co leader of Breast Cancer Awareness To Teach Ladies Early Detection spoke to the group since the celebration also was set to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill also spoke to the children after signing a proclamation recognizing National Head Start Month in October.

Mistress of Ceremonies Irene Smith gave a brief history of the 46 years of the program in Winston County and recognized Mattie Cooper, Regional Administrator, for her role in the program and her work with the program since its inception. Smith also recognized the employees of head start with several reaching 30 to 40 years of service with the program.

Crawford and Mayor Hill both received appreciation for being part of the program.