Kidco Head Start Hosts Resource Fair

Courtney Harper paints a Minnie Mouse bow on Charlotte C.’s face during the Kidco Community Resource Fair held May 8. Photos by Sarah Brown

The Kidco Head Start Parent Council revived its annual Community Resource Fair this week, held Wednesday, May 8, in the high school gym.

Parent Courtney Harper said the nonprofit early childhood development program has held resource fairs in the past, and the council brought it back this year as a community service project.

“Since it’s state funded, one of the requirements they want is for us to do a community event yearly,” she said.

A variety of businesses and organizations hosted booths at the event, offering services for health and activity, tree and construction, finance, child support, food resources, genealogy, education, transportation and low income resources.

“It’s important to show the community what Sweet Home has to offer,” Harper said. “I’ve been here about five or six years now and I feel like I’m still kind of learning what little businesses are in town and what resources we have to offer, so I think an event like this is great to show things that somebody might really need.”

Harper and her husband provided face painting for the many kids present at the event. Kids also stayed entertained with a found basketball in the open space of the gym.

Parents Jake and Louise C. said they were familiar with some of the organizations in attendance, but he was able to pick up information about swimming opportunities at the pool and she was impressed with Mrs. Claus and the Elves Workshop, which repurposes used toys for free Christmas gifts.

“We don’t like to waste, so anywhere that has donations, things like that, (is good),” Louise said.