Coalfield CAP Head Start Honors Volunteers
Karen Browning, Coalfield CAP Head Start
June 2, 2015
Coalfield CAP Head Start held its annual Parent/Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The celebration’s theme was “You Make A Difference” and was held at CCAP’s central offices in Williamson, WV. Parents, community volunteers, classroom staff, and central office staff gathered together to honor those volunteers that have contributed a minimum of 300 hours of service during the year. Serving as this year’s special guest speakers were WV Senator Mark Maynard and Chad Story, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Evan Jenkins.
Senator Maynard expressed his appreciation for the volunteers’ service to the program and discussed the importance of Head Start’s services that go beyond simple classroom instruction. Senator Maynard also stated, “The hard work of the Head Start program has played a major role in the end result of West Virginia’s ranking high in graduation rates among the nation and the thanks goes to the volunteers, the staff and all involved in the Head Start program.”
Chad Story, Field Representative, shared a letter from U.S. Congressman Evan Jenkins in honor of the event. In his letter, Congressman Jenkins stated the following:
“Tonight, we recognize the selfless efforts of each staff member, parent and volunteer of the Coalfield CAP Head Start program. Not only do you make me proud but you make the whole state of West Virginia proud as well. Each of you provides quality services to our most important resource – our children. You are positively impacting the future of our state by teaching skills that will help make our students successful.” The Congressman further stated, “…let me say congratulations to Head Start on your 50th anniversary and offer my sincere appreciation to the staff, families and volunteers that provide excellent services to the children of Mingo and McDowell counties.”
Following the speeches, parents and volunteers were recognized for their service to the program. In addition to individual service awards, presentations were made to the parent volunteer with the most hours; community volunteer with the most hours; center with the most hours from McDowell County; and the center with the most hours from Mingo County.