A servant-leader with a servant’s heart for others, Ms. Cynthia Foskey is the Executive Administrator for Southeastern Community Action Partnership. With over 26 years of experience in community and non-profit sector work, Ms. Foskey holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.
This past week, Southeastern Community Action Partnership facilitated a reading challenge with all of our Head Start agencies in celebrating Read Across America Week! This program is observed annually with the core mission of highlighting and giving space to inclusive stories, all while encouraging young people to spend some quality time with books.
Alongside our Early Head Start and Head Start Centers, we challenged parents to read daily with their children and share their experiences with one another with our Facebook Circle Time Page. To make things even more interesting, we planned a week of fun Dr. Seuss themes for the students to dress up in every day including a wacky sock day, crazy hair day, and a Cat in the Hat day. True to its name, we even gave the students a “head start” on thinking about their higher education on the “Oh The Places You’ll Go” day, which called for students and staff to wear their favorite college jerseys! To top it all off, the cafeteria staff put together Dr. Seuss-themed recipes for the students to craft together with their family, some even tied in math to wrap the entire learning week together.
“Early reading has been proven to boost cognitive development in children, as well as rapidly building their vocabularies as they soak up the world around them,” said Dr. Ericka J. Whitaker, CEO of Southeastern Community Action Partnership. “We are so thrilled to participate in Reading Across America Week and are proud to have Head Start and Early Head Start programs so focused and committed to growing our communities through educating the next generation of leaders and thinkers.”