GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
The Family Feel Good event kicked off from noon to 10pm on Friday.
750 family members get to enjoy fun games and food free of charge with the goal to improve mental health and parent involvement.
Head Start is a federally funded program that helps families facing difficult situations access resources that vastly improve their child’s school readiness.
The Head Start program is free to families and the organization’s mission is to empower parents to be invested in their child’s education, a mission one employee has upheld for almost three decades. Stormy Killpack has administered Head Start programs across the state for 27 years, and her mission to help others has stayed strong. “I was in low income, low income housing, on food stamps. I was a single parent with three kids, and I want to empower those parents to do what I’ve done,” said Killpack.
Angel Goodrich came to the event with her daughter, Anah Leigh. She says the Head Start program has made all the difference. “I’m a single mom so it gives me the opportunity to work full time. The teachers there are so awesome, they’re really great,” said Goodrich.
Killpack says the Family Feel Good event costs an estimated $25,000, but it’s free to the 300 families who signed up, and priceless to the moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians that get to spend time with their kids.