HCHRA recently installed new signage at several of its Head Start Centers located throughout Hinds County. This was a major project that took months to complete, but was well worth the time and effort.
HCHRA has operated the Head Start Program since 1976. Over the years, signs were erected as new centers were opened and then they were replaced when needed. “Some of our signs displayed our old logo and needed to be updated, and several were simply worn due to years of exposure to the elements,” said Kenn Cockrell, HCHRA’s president and CEO. “Head Start offers a very high quality education program, and we want our signage to reflect that.” Cockrell went on to explain that in addition to achieving uniformity among all centers and promoting visibility in the community, the signs were installed as part of the program’s safety plan to ensure that all of its sites are easily identifiable in case of emergencies.
The Head Start center located in Terry, Mississippi, was named (posthumously) in honor of Eulander P. Kendrick in 2002. Mrs. Kendrick joined Head Start in 1969 as a teacher aide and served as center administrator from August 1990 until her retirement in August 2000. Under her leadership, the Terry Head Start Center was the first center to receive accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Joseph O. Kendrick, Sr., the husband of the late Eulander Kendrick, commented, “I was proud to see the new signs installed. It’s been a long time coming. The Head Start Center was my wife’s pride and joy. She would spend countless hours at night working on lesson plans for her kids’ class work for the next day. She was dedicated to making sure that all the children would be ready for the next level in their education. ” Mr. Kendrick’s son, Joseph Jr., serves as the mayor of the town of Terry. Mayor Kendrick says, “This really means a lot to my father because he hoped that this would be done while he was still alive. When we saw the new signs, family members began to stop and take pictures. We are very appreciative. They look great.”
Mayor Kendrick submitted photos of the new signs to be included in the town of Terry’s history book marking their 150th year celebration in hopes they will make the publication not only to celebrate the legacy of his mother, but to also mark the longstanding presence of Head Start and its historic role in the education of young children in the community.
Like the building and ground signs installed at Eulander P. Kendrick Head Start, new signage has been installed at the Edwards, Oak Forest, Richard Brandon, Edwards, Gertrude Ellis, Mary C. Jones, Martin, Midtown, St. Thomas, South Jackson, Welcome, and Westside Head Start Centers. Can you see us now?