HCDE head start children benefit from goody bags

The 46th Annual Santa Houston CPA Goody Bag Stuffing Campaign is providing 7,600 extra stocking stuffers for children enrolled in Head Start Centers throughout Harris County. The bags filled with apples, books, dental kits and healthy snacks will be assembled by an army of volunteers on Dec. 9 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., Houston CPA volunteers, plus Santa, visit Harris County Department of Education’s Pugh Head Start Center located at 1042 Henke in northeast Houston to make the holiday delivery and read to 3-5 year olds at the center.

Partners in the program are the Houston CPA Society, South Texas Dental, ABC Dental, The Ripley House and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. At Harris County Department of Education, 1,200 students benefit from the donations.

The Houston CPA Society has 8,000 members who represent 13 area counties surrounding Houston, according to Jennifer Poff, the organization’s executive director. The event is a signature event for the organization.

Head Start programs are federally funded and provide educational services for low-income families of preschool children, including those with disabilities.

“HCDE Head Start is thankful for these community members for providing these extras for our families during the holidays,” said Venetia Peacock, HCDE Head Start senior director.

For more information about Head Start, visit www.hcde-texas.org .

About Harris County Department of Education (HCDE): Serving students, teachers, schools and communities throughout Harris County and Liberty County, HCDE is a local governmental organization providing value for school districts while supporting educational opportunity. Partnering with Harris County school districts, HCDE maximizes local resources and respond to the needs of locally elected school boards and education leaders. HCDE services include school-based therapy for students, afterschool programs, Head Start, educator training, adult education and programs to promote safe schools. To learn more about how your county department of education can help you: www.hcde-texas.org .