Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program for at-risk or under-served children. The program works to prepare children for kindergarten so they can start at the same level as their peers. The Northfield chapter has two classrooms with children three to five, and they run classes Monday–Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. St. Olaf students volunteer one or two hours a week whenever it fits into their schedule. Head Start combines St. Olaf students’ passions for education, spending time with kids, and promoting social justice in our community! Time spent in the classroom is both enjoyable and inspiring. Not to mention the kids are adorable and hilarious.
Volunteering with Head Start is a great way to give back to the Northfield community. Volunteers are an invaluable asset to the program. They provide extra help in a busy classroom, act as a role model, and help build language and social skills with the students. Additionally, much of Head Start’s funding is based on the number of volunteer hours, so they heavily depend on volunteer efforts for increased funding. We are so grateful for our dedicated volunteers this semester, thank you!