Lindsay Jobst

Head Start Celebrates 50 Years

by Lindsay Jobst on November 25, 2015 at 2:05 am

Muskingum Valley Head Start celebrated the 50th anniversary of the national debut of the Head Start program Tuesday.

In honor of this milestone, the school has been holding numerous events all year long. But Tuesday, children had the opportunity to participate in a very special event.

“Today we are very excited to plant a rose bush, just like President Johnson did 50 years ago in the rose garden,” said Staci Edwards, Classroom Support Specialist. “County commissioner, Jim Porter, was kind enough to come this morning, and along with the help of Miss Peggy’s class, we planted a lovely rose bush by our playground.”

Head Start is a program designed by the government to help low-income families. It’s impacted the lives of more than 31-million children nationwide. Head Start is different from other pre-schools. The program not only benefits children, but their families as well.

“We have wonderful teachers who are really dedicated to not only children, and educating the children here, but working with whole families and making sure our families are supported,” Edwards said. “It’s not uncommon to see our teachers going to the ER with the family, until someone can meet them if their child is sick, or they help get winter coats if a child doesn’t have a coat.”

Muskingum Valley Head Start is already taking enrollment for next school year.