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January 2011 News News page Archive
Play and Learn Center Hosts
Thanksgiving Family Feast


On Wednesday, November 24, 2010, the Play and Learn Center in Malta, Ohio hosted a family Thanksgiving feast. With the help of center staff, the children cut up vegetables for beef stew and made cornbread and muffins. The teaching staff facilitated activities in the classroom and the children participated in a Thanksgiving parade. Dressed in Native American vests and headdresses that they made, the children danced to Native American music. All Head Start families were invited to attend lunch and participate in classroom activities with their children.

The event was brought to life after one Head Start parent, Corey Gorrell, suggested the idea. Corey’s daughter, Jazzlyn, attends Play and Learn and he wanted to take the opportunity to become involved in the center and his daughter’s education. Corey volunteered at the center all morning, assisting staff to get the event ready and clean up afterwards. The event was so successful that Corey and the staff are already planning a Winter Pajama Party in December.

These events show the importance and appreciation of parent involvement with the Head Start Program administered by Washington-Morgan Community Action. These are just two examples; there are many other opportunities for family involvement which take place throughout the year. With family nights, special programs and parent organizations, there are many options for mothers and fathers to be active in the education of their children. Head Start encourages this participation and also makes sure that parents are actively involved in the evaluation process to ensure that their child is doing well in the program. These different activities help the child feel important, and let them know that their education is important to the whole family.


Washington-Morgan Community Action Washington and Morgan Counties, Ohio


218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH 45750 (740) 373-3745
50 W. Third Street, PO Box 398, Malta, OH 43758
(740) 962-3827