Early Head Start celebrates family fun

By John Conley - [email protected]

It was Early Head Start’s time for fun.

Wyoming County EHS held its annual Family Fun Day last Friday at the auxilary gym at Wyoming East High School.

MountainHeart Community Services, Inc., sponsors the program.

There were seven Early Head Start classrooms represented, according to Program Director Susan Stafford, and about 75 children, parents and staff in all. The event lasted two hours and had a beach theme.

The family days began nearely 40 years ago with Head Start and used to be held outdoors.

Stafford said in recent years it was decided to separate the EHS children from the older boys and girls.

“We alternate it each year between East and Westside so that it is fair to people on both ends of the county,” she noted.

There was a wide variety of games to occupy the time: Slides, basketball and an assortment of objects to climb and crawl upon.

“Our staff looks forward to this all year,” Stafford said. “We are always excited to see how the parents interact with their children.

“We want them all to have a good time,” she commented.

There were enough bright colors in the toys and games to stir memories of the 1960s and, appropriately, Head Start staff wore tie-dye shirts to make them easily identifiable.

Each child who attended received a grab bag and a certificate.

“This event has been a huge success for our families and local participating organizations,” Stafford said.,

Those participants include UniCARE, Tug River Health Centers, Goodson’s Supermarket, WVU Extension Service, Kissel Family Optometry, Birth to Three and MountainHeart Childcare.

Wyoming East students volunteered and helped out at the celebration.

The Head Start Family Fun Day will be held this Friday at the Matheny facility.

Early Head Start and Head Start are accepting applications for family enrollment for the 2017-18 school year.

For more information, contact 304-682-8271.

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John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.

By John Conley

[email protected]

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