Head Start program celebrates 50 years of service

(WTVM) - Head Start celebrated 50 years of serving families in Georgia and Alabama on Thursday.

Head Start is an Enrichment Services Program designed to help break the cycle of poverty. This program provides preschool aged children of low-income families a comprehensive education program.

At Thursday's event three proclamations were presented by the mayor of Columbus, the mayor of Phenix City and from Congress.

"Head Start has made such an impact on many lives in our country. Over 32 million individuals have been touched by Head Start and when we look at the Muscogee County area, or just our service area as a whole, we service over a thousand children a year," Development Coordinator Marquita Williams said.

Many leaders were in attendance including Councilman Arthur Day, Ms Lisa Goodwin, Senator Ed Harbison, Representative Calvin Smyre, Congressman Sandford Bishop and several more.

They also did a covering of a rose bush to represent how this program was started in the rose garden at the White House in 1965.

Since the program began in 1965, it has served more than 31 million children in the U.S.

Locally, the program serves nearly 1,000 children annually through Early Head Start and Head Start services.

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