September 29, 2014 09:00 ET

LSF Celebrates Head Start Awareness Month With Florida Events Throughout October

Head Start Program Celebrates 50 Years of Impact on Students Nationwide

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwired - Sep 29, 2014) - LSF, a non-profit organization based in Tampa, and LSF Children and Head Start Services in Florida announce today a month-long celebration of National Head Start Awareness Month in October. Head Start programs in Pinellas, Palm Beach, Hillsborough and Duval counties will host center-specific events to educate the community on the impact of the programs.

Each of the four Florida counties celebrating this month will participate in a public event, and current students and leadership will be involved in various outreach initiatives. Each public ceremony will feature a signature event, including appearances by community officials, like St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, a tree planting, performances by children and more.

Pinellas County
October 2nd, 2014, 12-2 p.m.
Jordan Park, 2390 9th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Contact: Barbara Scarsbrook, 727-547-5979 ext. 1015

Palm Beach Head Start 50th Birthday Breakfast Celebration
October 17TH, 2014, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
West Palm Beach Head Start Center, 100 N. Chillingworth Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Contact: Julian Serrano, 561-233-1600

Hillsborough County
October 30th, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
Children's Board of Hillsborough County
1002 E Palm Ave, Tampa, FL, 33605
Contact: Delma Lopez, 813-676-9473

Duval County
October 30th, 2014, 1-3 p.m.
Brewer Center, 1095 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL
Contact: Nacole Guyton, 904-572-5560

President Ronald Regan declared October Head Start Awareness month in 1982, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the program. Since the program opened in 1965, 31 million children have benefitted from Head Start's comprehensive services, with students moving on to become mayors, members of Congress, athletes, foundation presidents and Grammy-winning musicians.

"We're thrilled to be raising awareness about Head Start in Florida," said Louis Finney, Executive Vice President for Children and Head Start Services, LSF. "October's events will be a chance for us to celebrate the thousands of children throughout the state who are impacted by this program each year."

LSF has been a Head Start Grantee for over 30 years, offering education, family services, disability, health and nutritional services to children and families. LSF Children and Head Start Services currently serves 6,000 children and families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Duval, Belle Glade and Palm Beach counties in Florida.

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