Almetra Franklin, St. Mary-Vermilion Community Action Agency chief executive officer, said, “This year’s theme, Celebrating Diversity in Head Start, showcases the ethnic and cultural multiplicity among the children, parents, and staff.”
Franklin said the goal of the event is to promote Head Start Awareness throughout the communities.
The highlight of the week will be Thursday when local mayors will sign a proclamation proclaiming October as Head Start Awareness Month in St. Mary and Vermilion parishes. Also on Thursday, local public officials and community dignitaries will visit Head Start centers to read a story to the children.
Residents and local officials are also invited to visit the annual Community Fair, from 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday at the St. Mary CAA Central Office in Franklin where participants may learn about community resources and various programs the agency has to offer.
Vendors for the fair include Acadiana Works, Teche Action Clinic, Anytime Fitness, Sheriff’s Department, and local Home Health Agencies. The fair will also feature St. Mary CAA’s programs including Operation Jumpstart, Community Foundation of Acadiana, Head Start, and Housing.
Head Start families are also participating by making Family Booklets which will be displayed throughout the centers.
A list of activities for the remaining days of the week is as follows:
Monday, Invite your Mom to School Day.
Tuesday, Community Awareness Day.
Wednesday, Invite your Dad to School Day.
Thursday, Head Start Awareness Day.
Friday, Cultural Awareness Day.
For questions regarding Head Start Awareness, call 337-828-5703.