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Agency Honors Head Start Alumni and Community Partners at 54th Anniversary Luncheon

June 12, 2019

Pictured: Former Head Start students accept scholarship awards at LCHS’s 54th anniversary luncheon
Standing, from left: Isabella Concha, Wyoming Area; Samantha Levy, GAR Memorial; Brandon Valdez, Wyoming Valley West; Madison Sickler, Elk Lake; Justin Kopko, Hanover Area; Ian Kochanowski, Pittston Area; Lauren Farrell, Pittston Area; Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Lake Lehman; Maria Cristina Perez, Wyoming Area
Missing from photo: Kyle Cicerchia, Greater Nanticoke Area; Jacqueline Decker, Elk Lake; Abigail Souder, Northwest Area

Luzerne County Head Start held its annual luncheon to mark its 54th year of providing opportunities for our community’s most vulnerable children and families.  The event took place May 20 at The Woodlands, Route 315, Wilkes-Barre.   Ed Williams, a Wilkes-Barre native and former Head Start student, who now serves as Vice President and General Counsel at McAllister & Quinn in Philadelphia served as the keynote speaker.   A record number of 20 former Head Start students, who plan to continue their education after high school, were honored with scholarships totaling $19,000 as part of the Luzerne County Head Start Alumni Scholarship program.  To date, LCHS alumni have been awarded 272 scholarships totaling $256,650.  The scholarships are funded by individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community.  LCHS also recognized several community organizations that support our mission including Jennifer Hetro, The Wright Center for Community Health; Care and Concern Ministry; Bill McLaughlin, North Penn Legal Services and KRZ’s Cares for Kids campaign.