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Dads lend hand at Head Start center
Long County Deputy Sheriff Codie Futch and volunteer Johnny Pope help children make hats at the Long County Head Start Center. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Long County Head Start Program’s recent “make-a-hat” day was a hit with children and the 28 volunteers who helped them, center supervisor Vicky Haynes said.
“We have our fatherhood initiative program, which is geared toward involving dads and other male role models in the children’s early education. And for the month of August, our activity was hat day,” Haynes said.
The Long County Head Start is federally funded and designed to help children, ages 3-5, and parents from low-income families learn different life skills. The program covers  socialization, goal priorities and early childhood education.
The supervisor said 40 children are in the program, which prepares students for kindergarten. Many volunteers from the community also work with the program.
Haynes said the center has a different fatherhood initiative activity each month. The next scheduled event is a walk-a-thon at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.
“We encourage anyone wanting to help to come out and be a part of our program,” Haynes said.
The Long County Head Start Center is at 15 Thornton St. in Ludowici. It is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the fatherhood initiative or other programs at the center, call 545-2155.
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