Piggott Head Start food drive combines sharing with fun

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Students and adults who took part in the recent Piggott Head Start and Early Head Start food drive include, from left: Front--Olivia Sexton, Ty Winchester and Rachael Deggans. Back--Levi Moore, Jessica Sexton, Ian Lewis, Naim Tinsley, Lacy Hall, Jamey Parks, James Parks, Kensey Thrasher and Katherine Thrasher.

The young students of the Piggott Head Start and Early Head Start learned a very important lesson recently as part of the center's annual community project. Students, their families and members of the community worked together to gather all important food items for local families as part of Head Start's food drive.

When asked why she was helping with the food drive, four-year-old Rachael Deggans replied, "to share." She added her favorite thing about going to Head Start was "getting to learn."

The young students are learning that sharing is not only important in the classroom and at home, but also in the community. Through the efforts of the students, parents and volunteers, Head Start was able to collect 482 food items for area families.

"The kids are learning about helping others while doing something that will help the community," Piggott Head Start executive director Janene Halcomb said. "To make it more fun, we make it a competition between the classes. The winning class gets a special activity."

The excitement quickly spread from the children to adults.

"The kids enjoy it, but their parents do too," Halcomb said. "We do a community project every year. This year, the parents decided to do a food drive. Everyone got involved."

Parents collected items from their own shelves, in addition to purchasing additional food. Collection boxes were also placed around local businesses to help the cause.

"We were very pleased with the response," Halcomb said. "We want to be sure and thank Barbara Batey and the Traditional Ladies of Piggott for their help in collecting food. Everyone who helped really did a great job."

The Owls, an Early Head Start class, collected the most food with an impressive tally of 234 items. The food has been stored at the Head Start facility and will be distributed through area food pantries.

"We're proud to be part of the community and see this as a way to give back," Halcomb said. "The kids learn about the importance of helping others and have fun doing it."

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