Head Start students at AJ learn important lessons, while earning credit

GRAFTON—Anna Jarvis Elementary School head start students learned about the letter “P” last week, and had a visit from two local police officers.

Grafton City Police Officer Brandon Riffle and Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Gowen came to Amanda Louzy’s head start class at Anna Jarvis, on Thursday, to talk to the students about stranger danger and answer questions. 

They explained to the class about the dangers of taking things from strangers, and told students to never go any where with a stranger.

Dottie Vincent Assistant Teacher said, “The kids really loved having them here, the students ask alot of questions and learned alot from them.”

According to Vincent the officers visited the class to help with the In-kind program. The program requires the classroom to have hours from volunteers, and in exchange, the federal government provides funding to the classroom to get what the classroom needs.

“The In-kind program is our North Central West Virginia Community Action Association (NCWVCAA) way of involving the community into the classroom,” added Louzy

Vincent shared, for the classroom to keep receiving funding through the program, they are looking for volunteers to come and talk with or read to students. 

The volunteers can be parents or anyone in the community. Business owners are encourage to come and talk to students about their business and how they started it. According to Vincent, the students really love having new people come in a tell them about their jobs or read to them.

Vincent added, “The kids are just really interested in learning about new things.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Louzy at the school, by calling 304-265-4090.

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