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HEAD START: Program helps kids succeed

Letter by Randi Holli Omat, Tacoma on Feb. 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm | 44 Comments »
February 17, 2011 2:56 pm

I am 14 years old and in ninth grade at Franklin Pierce High School.

When I was 4, I went to Head Start. I feel the Head Start program has greatly helped me in school. In kindergarten I remember being able to do ABCs, numbers and color games; my friend, who didn’t go to Head Start, could not.

I am in the honors program and play soccer. I have decided I want to be a lawyer and help kids. I am going to do the Running Start program in a year. Besides helping me with education, Head Start has helped my socialization skills. I am still friends with a girl who was in Head Start with me.

I feel that without Head Start, I would not be going in the direction I am. Many kids in my school struggle with the work they are assigned, and I know they didn’t go through Head Start.

Even at my age I can see that Head Start is such a valuable program. Please help to make sure that Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP) continue to be funded.

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