The health and safety of families and staff is the number one priority for Southern Oregon Head Start. Staff members from different departments collaborated, and gathered a group of volunteers, and worked out the logistics to organize a Drive Through COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic. It was a rewarding effort for the guests that got vaccinated, as well as the volunteers. Laurie Hester our Safety & Compliance Manager talks about the experience:
Lisa Farlin, Head Start Director, assisting guest during the clinic
Katherine Clayton, Head Start Executive Director, assisting Dixie Ramsay, Head Start Nurse, administering vaccines
Everyone did such an incredible job making this historic event run so smoothly. My heart was touched by the willingness of everyone coming together for the health of our staff, community organizations staff, and others who could not yet receive the vaccine.
What started as an idea through a conversation Dixie had with Dr. Sarah of the Child and Adolescent Clinic in Medford, took off like the speed of sound with Kathy Stassi contacting and scheduling staff, Michael’s ideas on the flow, and providing shelter while ensuring safety; Sarah Forga jumping in with her usual “can do, lightning speed” attitude and effort regarding all the admin paperwork process; Lisa jumped in to get the press coverage and stayed until the last person waited their 15 minutes to ensure they were safe to leave; Steve, Lonnie, and Sadiki set up and took down the pop up tent, tables, cones and stood in the parking lot for 5 hours to ensure safety, Kat arrived early for the TV interview and stayed, jumping in to do anything needed, and the group of volunteers (Faith, Kelley, Shelbey, Sherry, Yoana, Nancy) who greeted arrivals, processed paperwork, helped with set up and clean up (in the rain!), Yoana’s willingness when asked a the last minute to provide interpretive services; Jeremy Cathy a Family Nurse Practitioner agreeing to spend his day off to help his mother in law, Dixie; and Amy Hensley arriving to help and promote the importance in staff receiving the vaccine.
What an awesome day to always remember!
Safety & Compliance Manager
Faith Cox, Food Service Manager, and Sherry Whaley, Health Screener, getting ready to asist guests
Katherine Clayton, Executive Director, and Laurie Hester, Safety and Compliance Manager, directing guests to the parking area
Sherry Whaley, and Shelby Jasper getting ready to help guests with consent forms
The Cooks at ABC-B: Marina, Debbie, Brittany and Ada, put together a clever and creative way to stay in touch with their Classroom 2-Duration students: This fun mailbox! Chealsea White, TA, reports that the kids send in questions and love getting a response from the Cooks!
We are honored to be recognized as the 2019 Best Daycare/Preschool in Southern Oregon by readers and voters of the Mail Tribune!
About the “Best of the Best”
Each year, Mail Tribune readers choose the “Best of the Best” throughout the Rogue Valley, highlighting their favorite restaurants, healthcare providers, entertainment, schools, retailers, community leaders and more (102 categories in 2019!). Once nominations are collected –12,000 total this year — readers are invited to vote on their favorites in each category, and those winners are announced at the annual “Best of the Best” gala at Inn at the Commons in Medford. This year, 138,000 votes were cast to select the 2019 winners — a record in “Best of the Best” history. We’re honored and grateful to be chosen during a year when the Southern Oregon community came out in droves to celebrate their favorites.
Thank You Mail Tribune Readers
We want to send a big “thank you!” to those of you who cast your vote for Southern Oregon Head Start. Your support and recognition means to world to us, and we’ll continue doing our best in 2020 to provide the very best childcare and resources to families in need throughout Southern Oregon. We’re thankful for our exceptional teams of teachers, caregivers, specialists, managers, assistants, and volunteers at all our locations throughout Southern Oregon. We are fortunate to work with the most caring, talented, creative and diverse group of people who work together to better the lives of children and families in our community.
Join the Southern Oregon Head Start Family
If you are interested in joining the Southern Oregon Head Start Team, start by visiting our Careers page and apply online! And if you’d like more information about enrolling your child at one of our Southern Oregon Head Start locations, visit our Programs page to learn more.
A dream came to fruition in September 2018, when Park View Child and Family Center opened in Grants Pass. Occupying the former Lovejoy Hospice building, this fantastic facility can provide services to over 100 children and their families.
This location has many amenities such as large, open, airy classrooms, natural light, ample bathrooms, sinks in classrooms, and substantial office space. In addition, an expanded playground area is in the works.
Head Start will operate six classes — three in the morning and three in the afternoon.