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If you were at Luke Easter Park yesterday you would have seen all smiles and painted faces. The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) and members from the Cleveland Police Department hosted a family fun day for Head Start families as we celebrated the end of the 2018-19 academic year. The event honored the two agencies’ Friendship through Reading Program, an initiative started by the Cleveland Chief of Police, Calvin Williams. Amidst the program, select officers were gifted certificates of appreciation for their service to the community and to CEOGC’s Head Start locations.

Across the multi-acred park, Head Start students and their families could be seen participating in games, line dances conducted by “DJ No Request,” face painting and gathering around the miniature petting zoo featuring exotic animals such kangaroos, alpacas, and an elk. Altogether, 2,600 package lunches and multiple pounds of food from the Cleveland Food Bank were handed out to families.

Thank you to everyone that helped make this day incredible for our students and their families. Special thanks to CEOGC staff and the Cleveland Police Department for ensuring our safety! The day was wildly successful and we are looking forward to hopefully continuing this event for years to come!