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¬†MondayThursday 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!
Head Start is always looking for more volunteers!  If you are interested in being a volunteer during interim and/or second semester please email Kate Panning (panning@stolaf.edu) or Cassie Paulsen (paulsenc@stolaf.edu).