Crowder College, Drury students make impact on Head Start children

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
A shipment of math, literacy, science and art supplies and materials for children to use at the Cassville Head Start was delivered on Dec. 11, 2018. The donations were made by Crowder College and Drury University college students in educational psychology courses taught by Heidi Henderson. Contributed photo

When Carolyn Lunsford, lead teacher/director of Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Cassville Head Start, accepted the invitation to talk about the importance of early childhood education with college students at Crowder College and Drury University in December, she had no idea how impactful her remarks would be on the college students.

Following Lunsford’s presentation to the educational psychology courses taught by Heidi Henderson, the college students decided to direct the focus of their final project to benefit Cassville Head Start students. The college students gathered a tremendous amount of math, literacy, science and art supplies and materials for children to use in the center. On Dec. 11, 2018, they delivered the donations to the OACAC Cassville Head Start Center and provided a gift to each child.

In addition to providing comprehensive early childhood education, Head Start also offers health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

For more information about Head Start or other OACAC programs and projects, people may visit www.oac.ac.