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Charlie Thomas Head Start

Research has proven that children whose parents are actively involved in their education have more success in school.

Holiday Superstore

Sandra Kuykendall, director of Holiday Superstore, explains her program to new principal, Ms. Darensbourg
Sandra Kuykendall, director of Holiday Superstore, explains her program to new principal, Ms. Darensbourg

The Holiday Super Store began as a way of encouraging the parents of the students at Charlie Thomas Head Start to get involved at the school. On the first day of the school year parents are asked to sign an agreement which details how they can earn points.

The parent(s) earn points beginning at the start of the school year until a designated time in November of the same year for the following:

Opening Doors' board members Joyce Clavenna and Dianna Underhill help parents sign up as Sandra Kuykendall looks on.

Opening Doors will purchase and distribute gifts based on points earned for participation in the activities stated above in the Parent’s Agreement.

Parent Recognition Program

A vital part of the Head Start program is parent participation. Opening Doors encourages the parents of the children in the Charlie Thomas Head Start program by recognizing them for the time they spend volunteering at the school. This program is for the period January through April.

Program Guidelines:

The parents with the highest number of volunteer hours will receive an award. Only one award will be given per family.

Unity in the Community

Unity in the Community 2015
Unity in the Community 2015
Opening Doors sponsors an annual celebration, “Unity in the Community,” in conjunction with Charlie Thomas Head Start Center. The children, staff and families of the Head Start Center join the members and families of St. John’s United Methodist Church for a special morning of communal worship and singing and the showcasing of the talents of the children of the center. In 2015, the students celebrated successful African Americans by reciting information about their chosen individuals; others sang or danced to a standing room only crowd. Following the service, the United Methodist Women of the church provided a simple lunch in the gym where all gathered together for food and fellowship.

Summer Reading Program

Each child is provided age appropriate books, crafts and toys in a backpack before school ends for the summer. The intent is that the parent(s) will use these books and crafts to help the child continue learning during the summer months.

Photos from Holiday Superstore Sign Up 2016

A proud father signs up his two daughters Backpacks and tennis shoes were the talk of the day.
This happy little fellow was ready to go! Two beauties sporting new outfits on their first day of school.
A mother-daughter team. This little lady was a fashion winner!
Proud father.