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05/13/21- Annual Administrative Report: 2021 (PDF)

Giving Back to the Community

We are so very grateful for what the community does for Head Start, we are just glad to give back a little something on behalf of the children, parents and staff.  This is just an overview of some of the projects that parents and children are working on together to support the communities throughout the northern panhandle:

Hancock County

  • Wells 1 and 2 Head Start Centers located in Newell, WV (Staff Rep. Lacy Ray, 304.387.1650)  The parent group voted to collect coloring books and crayons to donate to the local pediatrics unit in the hospital.
  • Pipinos 1, 2 and 3 Head Start Centers located in Weirton, WV (Staff Rep. Brenda Gatrell, 304.797.0281) Collecting for the county Humane Society.

Brooke County

  • Brooke I – II – III Head Start Centers located in Wellsburg and Follansbee, WV (Staff Rep. Dawn Smith, 304.737.5004) The parents are working to organize an event that would recognize their support against domestic violence. Only months ago did our community experience the loss of a young child and his mother due to domestic violence incident leaving behind a very young child. The parents have contacted Wesbanco and would like to contribute to the Melinda Allen Family Memorial Fund.  Any contributions collected would offset costs for the “Butterfly Launch Against Domestic Violence” activity as well as provide direct support to this Memorial Fund. T-shirts have been donated for the children that state "Head Start Against Domestic Violence".  This event will be held at Brooke Hills Park or the Brooke Stadium – the weather must be a certain degree to support the launch, therefore the date is to be announced.

Ohio County

  • North Park 1 Head Start Center located in the North Park Community of Wheeling, WV (Staff Rep. Kathy Hickman, 304.232.4590) Crafts/Cards for Moundview Nursing Home. 
  • Ritchie Head Start Center located in the Ritchie Elementary School in South Wheeling (Staff Rep. Kathy Hickman, 304.233.2103) Crafts/Cards and visit Elmhurst.
  • North Park 3 and 4 Head Start Centers and Madison Pre-K Classrooms (Staff Rep. Lori Burkhart, 304.232.4590) Cards for the Good Shepard Nursing Home and Continuous Care Center. They are also collecting new or gently used stuffed animals for the Harmony House and the YWCA.

Marshall County

  • Center McMechen Pre-K Head Start Center located in the Center McMechen Elementary School, Creative Learning 1 and 3 Head Start Centers located in Moundsville, WV (Staff Rep. Autumn James, 304.843.1093)  Collected letters and items for the soldiers serving overseas.  Staff and parents worked in collaboration with the Dollar Tree in Moundsville, WV which donated shipping costs! 2 huge boxes were sent for a total of approximately $150.00 in in-kind.
  • CLC 2 Head Start Center located in Moundsville, WV  (Staff Rep. Angie Monteleone, 304.843.1093)  Collected non-parishable foods for the House of the Carpenter in Marshall County.
  • Washington Lands Pre-K Head Start Center located in Washington Lands Elementary School in Moundsville, WV (Staff Rep. Angie Monteleone, 304.845.5558) Planting flowers for the residents of the nursing home.

Wetzel County

  • New Martinsville Head Start Center and the Shortline Pre-K Classrooms (Staff Rep. Jillian Smith, 304.455.5492) Conducted a community clothes drive at the Lewis Wetzel Family Center. Clothes, toys, shoes, and decorations were donated by staff and parents of the Shortline and New Martinsville communities to provide clothes and toys for anyone in the community.

To learn how you can become involved in our community projects, please contact one of the Family Resource Staff listed above or you may contact Janel Taylor, Family and Community Partnerships Coordinator, 304.233.3290 or



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