Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves read to children at the Troy Head Start Center on Wednesday as part of Week of the Young Child.
Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves read to children at the Troy Head Start Center on Wednesday as part of Week of the Young Child.

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Troy, Brundidge mayors promote reading at Head Start centers

Published 11:00pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013

In celebration of the Week of the Young Child in Troy, Mayor Jason A. Reeves visited the Troy Head Start Center Wednesday morning and took the opportunity to visit with the children and read to them.

Reeves praised the work that is being done through the Head Start program to prepare the children for success in education and in life.

“An early start is the path to lifelong learning,” Reeves said. “We know that young minds are fertile ground for learning and the earlier we start the process the more successful we can be.”

Reeves said that, in today’s world, there are many distractions that compete with reading for a child’s time.

“Anything that we can do early to encourage children to read is very important,” he said.

“The earlier these young, fertile minds can be cultivated, the better chance they have for success in education and in life.”

The mayor signed a proclamation declaring the week of April 14-20 the Week of the Young Child in conjunction with the annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Octavia Jones, Troy Head Start director, said the purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families.

“The Week of the Young Child also recognizes the early childhood programs, services and people who meet those needs,” Jones said.

In the afternoon, Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage visited the Brundidge Head Start Center and joined Reeves in proclaiming this week the Week of the Young Child in Brundidge.

“All young children and their families deserve access to high-quality early education,” Ramage said. “It is our responsibility to make sure that children are ready to learn and that is the mission of Head Start. This early education program makes a difference in the lives of children.”

Ramage said the Week of the Young Child is important, too, in that it recognizes teachers and others who make a difference in the lives of young children.

“The Week of the Young Child is a time for us to celebrate our young children and continue our commitment to creating an educational path that will provide them with the best chance of success and happiness in their life’s journey,” Ramage said.

In celebration of the Week of the Young Child in Troy, Mayor Jason A. Reeves visited the Troy Head Start Center Wednesday morning and took the opportunity to visit with the children and read to them.

Reeves praised the work that is being done through the Head Start program to prepare the children for success in education and in life.

“An early start is the path to lifelong learning,” Reeves said. “We know that young minds are fertile ground for learning and the earlier we start the process the more successful we can be.”

Reeves said that, in today’s world, there are many distractions that compete with reading for a child’s time.

“Anything that we can do early to encourage children to read is very important,” he said.

“The earlier these young, fertile minds can be cultivated, the better chance they have for success in education and in life.”

The mayor signed a proclamation declaring the week of April 14-20 the Week of the Young Child in conjunction with the annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Octavia Jones, Troy Head Start director, said the purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families.

“The Week of the Young Child also recognizes the early childhood programs, services and people who meet those needs,” Jones said.

In the afternoon, Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage visited the Brundidge Head Start Center and joined Reeves in proclaiming this week the Week of the Young Child in Brundidge.

“All young children and their families deserve access to high-quality early education,” Ramage said. “It is our responsibility to make sure that children are ready to learn and that is the mission of Head Start. This early education program makes a difference in the lives of children.”

Ramage said the Week of the Young Child is important, too, in that it recognizes teachers and others who make a difference in the lives of young children.

“The Week of the Young Child is a time for us to celebrate our young children and continue our commitment to creating an educational path that will provide them with the best chance of success and happiness in their life’s journey,” Ramage said.

 

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