The Clay County Extension Homemakers allocated a $500 grant from the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association toward books and library supplies for Head Start students in both communities. Clay County Homemakers Carroll Harden, Lauralee Hawkins, Wilma Modesitt and Jan Stigler delivered the books to the Brazil Head Start campus Tuesday.
"We're really grateful that they thought of us," said Jean Moody, Program Site Manager for Clay County Head Start. "I think it will really be a benefit."
For their part, Harden said the homemakers were pleased to be of assistance.
"Jean has been very cooperative with us," she said. "We just wanted to do something to help the children."
The grant allowed the Clay County Extension Homemakers to purchase a total of 248 books, to be split evenly between the Brazil and Clay County sites. The group also coordinated donations for a new reading room at the Brazil Head Start campus.
Moody said the gift will immediately benefit the 113 Clay County children enrolled in Head Start programs, but the benefits may trickle down to their friends and classmates.
"They can share the information in the books with other kids," she said. "I think it will really be a benefit."
The Clay County Extension Homemakers serve county residents in a number of capacities. They make teddy bears to donate to children in the Clay County Hospital emergency room and other stuffed animals for low-income families at Christmas time ("This year, it's frogs," Stigler said). The group also offers a variety of classes, available to the community free-of-charge, on subjects ranging from flower arranging to e-mail management.
For more information on the services offered by Clay County Extension Homemakers, contact Carroll Harden at (812)939-3127.