What a year it has been! We've had some trying times and we survived. We are healthy, we are dancing, and we are together. We are indeed fortunate.
The holidays are upon us now. In the spirit of the season, let's share the love and help make the holidays a little brighter for a family in need. Be an Anonymous Amigo (a.k.a. Secret Santa) to a Head Start child*.
2. On December 6, Helen will email you the name of a child and a list of items the parent has said the child would like (Parents were asked to list a book, toy/game, and art/craft and to tell us what the child's favorite characters, animals, and activities are. That will help to choose a gift).
3. Decide what you want to give the child. Max spend is $20.
4. Wrap your gift and get it to Helen by Friday, December 18 so she can deliver it to the Head Start center.
Gifts will be given to the children during "pajama day" the following week. Unfortunately, because of covid-19 and all that, we will not be able to gather at the school to give the gifts ourselves. It stinks, I know. I will make a paper star with the child's name on it to hang on their class tree. On the reverse side of the star will be the name of the Anonymous Amigo.
There are 50 children at this Head Start and there are about 50 of us. Won't you be a Shining Star to a Head Start child??? (See what I did there, I made a disco reference :) )
Helen "the Brains" Woo
Bonnie "the Brawn" Vassalo
* Head Start is an early childhood education program (children aged 3-5) for low-income families that was founded in 1964 as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty. The program was designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. Head Start helps not only the child, but the entire family through in-school social and education programs for parents and caregivers.