Our Stormcells Team returned to Eastern Kentucky for the first on-site visit to the Owsley County Head Start Program. Loaded in the back of our SUV were school supplies (crayons, pencils, paper) but, by special request, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Given our own passion to bring smiles to children, there were also stuffed animals for loving and books for taking home to “read” to their families.
The Owsley Head Start program has 90 three and four-year old children; however, we also learned they have Early Head Start with approximately 50 children—three months to up to three years. On-site classes are scheduled to resume in September; meanwhile, in-home and online programs are fully operational and all staff have returned to work.
Owsley, one of Kentucky’s smallest counties, has limited community resources so any outside help is highly valued and greatly appreciated. The teachers stress their greatest need is for age-level books that the children can take home as their own—these books become their cherished treasure.
At Stormcells, we believe the power of children’s picture books can open new worlds of thought and change the future of a child, the community, the state, and the nation—one small county—one small child—at a time! To learn more about Head Start, you can visit their website at https://headstartky.org/about/
If you would like to learn more about how Stormcells supports the Head Start programs of Kentucky, or if you would like to donate any items, please contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.