The Washington Times-Herald

February 22, 2014

FUDGE is a sweet way to help Head Start

By Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — Local Head Start students have been getting a little FUDGE time this week.

“FUDGE stand for friends, uncles, dads, grandpas, etc.,” said Pam Padgett, site manager. “Many of the children enrolled in our Head Start program do not have a male role model in their family.”

Padgett said that over the course of the week male community members as well as other “FUDGEs” were invited to Head Start to enjoy activities with the children.

Students painted rocks and did other activities with the visitors.

Statistics show that more and more children are being raised by single parent families and research has shown that the presence of a strong male role model is vital in steering children away from a future of crime, poor health and low achievement Padgett said.

“For those children who have fathers, we want to take this time to celebrate them and emphasize how important they are to their children’s future success in school and beyond,” said Padgett.

Head Start also hosted MAGIC (Mothers, aunts, grandmothers, inspiration women, and care givers) week earlier in the school year.

“Head Start has taken on the role of educating our families, and our community,” said Padgett. “Mothers and fathers play an essential role in ensuring the well-being of their children.”

While FUDGE week is wrapping up, Padgett said that community members are always welcome at the center.

“Reading a book to the children or just spending a little one on one time helping a student with a school readiness activity greatly improves that child’s educational outcomes,” said Padgett.

To schedule a visit, contact Padgett at 254-6098.