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Long County 4-H'ers brighten others' holidays
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Seventh grader Sean Saphar reads to students at the Head Start Center. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Long County 4-H Club went to the local Head Start Center recently and showed the 3-, 4- and 5-year-old students you’re never too old to have time for younger children.
“The kids coming over here are great. They come several times through out the year, and they are good role models and mentors for the students,” teacher’s aid Anita Edmondson said.
The 4-H’ers first played with the students in the class and answered questions. Then they read books to them.
One of the books read was from the “In My Neighborhood Series: Firefighters.” After reading the book, they got down on the floor and showed them how to crawl out of a fire, staying below the smoke. They also so taught them to never go back into a burning structure once they escape.
In addition to working with the youngsters, the 4-H’ers also gave them information to take home about holiday safety.
Center supervisor Reba Feliciano said, “These 4-H’ers coming over and reading to our kids is great. It helps in developing our students’ reading and also helps them in their social skills with older kids.”
The Head Start Program in Long County currently offers two classes for pre-school children between the ages of 3 and 5. It is a yearlong program. Currently, 40 children are enrolled and there’s a staff of eight.
“We are always looking for volunteers to come out and work with our program. The kids enjoy guests and volunteers always have a good time too,” Feliciano said.
In addition to visiting the students at the Head Start Program, the 4-H Club delivered a truckload of food they had collected to the Long County Concerted Services Center.
The items were gathered in a food drive to help people in need during the holiday season.
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