EATON — Preble County Head Start held its free end-of-year event on Friday, May 19, at the Preble County Historical Society. All Head Start children 3-5 years old and their families were invited to the event to celebrate the kids’ accomplishments.
The children had the opportunity to get on stage and sing a few songs and say the Pledge of Allegiance in front of their families. There was also dinner, games, facility tours, and a slide show. According to Preble County Head Start Site Manager Christi Reveal, “The event symbolized one more way to help parents see the beauty and resources for them in Preble County.”
To prepare them for the upcoming school year, each child was given a book, backpack, shirt, packet of summer skills to prepare for kindergarten, and a calendar of family friendly events around the county.
This was the fourth year of the event, but the first time it was held at the Preble County Historical Society. The Historical Society offered the use of the venue for free — including giving families tours of the historical home and barn. The Historical Society offers family movie nights and field trips for older children throughout the year, so Head Start thought it would be a good fit.
According to Reveal, “The goal was to make it a celebration, but also a learning experience.”
Reveal added, the event helps connect families to school and community. She said, “It is a way to bring families together and connect all the pieces that Head Start offers. Head Start is about the whole family. We promote positive family experiences and show parents ways to tie school and home together.”
Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH
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