Delisle Head Start Center ready to open

By Bobby Allen - email

DELISLE, MS (WLOX) - The Dole Moffett Head Start Center is set to open Wednesday in Delisle. Tuesday, the parents of the three and four-year-old students got a chance to check out the building and meet the staff.

Ashley Bonney attended preschool at the old Head Start Center, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. She's happy that her son, Cole, will be part of the first class at the newly rebuilt center.

"I'm excited. Its going to help him kind of develop more and help me out to be able to work," Bonney said. "He is excited to get to meet new children and, you know, experience new stuff with them."

The new education center has eight classrooms. It will prepare 160 three and four-year-old students to begin elementary school. As Center Director Glennie Caldwell explained, there's quite a bit of ground to cover before kindergarten.

"Kids identifying primary colors, learning their numbers, their alphabet. Being able to hopefully know their address, their telephone numbers. All of those necessities that young people need in case of an emergency," Caldwell said.

Little Madison enjoyed the tour of her new classroom. Her mom thinks Head Start will be good for the young child.

"She is going to enjoy being somewhere with the kids and trying to learn more about what is going on as far as school," Alison Burton said. "Playing with children, being more social, developing more commutative skills."

At the end of the tour, Cole wasn't ready to leave.

"He has already had a lot of fun today and he hasn't even started yet," Bonney said.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Head Start Center in Delisle, applications are available in the office on Kiln-Delisle Road.

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