On Monday, January 22, CSI staff and the Appling County Commission welcomed the public into the new combined Appling County Head Start and Senior Citizen Center. Senior adults, families and local residents stopped by to tour the center, meet the staff and witness the ribbon cutting for this exciting new facility.

Lee Lewis, Appling County Commissioner, explained that the facility had been a vision the commission had been working toward for many years. He stated during a brief presentation, “We were fortunate to have commission members that are committed to the needs of county residents and worked hard to make this project happen”.

The facility houses Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms and the County Senior Center. Plans are also in place for the installation of a community garden on the facility grounds that will be maintained by the seniors. The shared location and garden will provide numerous opportunities for the seniors and children to interact and learn from one another.

Senior Center Coordinator, Michael Jordan, has already started thinking of activities. “I’ve been talking with the seniors and have asked them to think about adopting a classroom as an honorary grandparent. I’d like for each classroom to have at least two seniors attached to it to participate in activities with the children”, Jordan explained.

And those activities have already begun! At the beginning of March, to celebrate Get Georgia Reading Day, Appling County seniors spent time in the classrooms reading and visiting with the children. Both groups really enjoyed the activities, and look forward to doing more things together in the future!

Above: Commission members speak to the attendees.

Above: Community members gather for ribbon cutting.

Above left and right: Seniors read to Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms