Oh goodie

Kelly Coakley, a teacher at MDSCAA Early Childhood Program in Menominee, passes a goodie bag to a student during a parent appreciation event Monday. The goodie bags included items such as toothbrush, toothpaste and school supplies for the students.

EagleHerald Staff Writer

MENOMINEE—The Menominee, Delta, Schoolcraft Community Action Agency (MDSCAA) Childhood Program held a parent appreciation drive-through event at each of its six centers, including one in Menominee.

MDSCAA Early Childhood Program is a Head Start program that services Menominee, Delta and Schoolcraft counties.

This event was held to thank parents for the extra work they’ve put into helping their children learn throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher and we are hoping that this event will make them feel appreciated for all that they do,” said Education Coordinator Leanne Widdis, quoting the Head Start program’s motto.

She said in the past, there would be multiple parent events held a year, but they have not been possible with since the pandemic began.

The Menominee Head Start program has gone fully virtual a couple of times over the past year. Widdis explained that classes held from the last few weeks of November through Christmastime were mostly virtual.

Currently, the MDS CAA has two fully in-person classes and one hybrid class that has some virtual days and some in-person days.

To accommodate COVID-19 social distancing, Monday’s event was held outside and parents were able to drive up and receive “goodie bags” without leaving their car. Artwork created by students decorated the outside of the Head Start building.

Each parent received a bag full of school supplies to help replenish their child’s supplies. The bags also included toothbrushes and toothpaste and vouchers for Jack’s Fresh Market.

“We hope that everyone comes and they feel appreciated. I hope the staff feel appreciated for everything they do as well,” Widdis said.

The Menominee Head Start location does have openings for new students, ages 0 to 5 years, Widdis said. To learn more about enrollment parents may go to mdscaa.org of call 906-786-7080.