Rose Rock to deliver keynote at Head Start banquet

Parent volunteers and community members to be honored June 5

LUDINGTON — FiveCAP Head Start will host keynote speaker Rose Rock at its annual Head Start Parent Volunteer Honors Banquet on June 5 at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Ludington.

Rock is the author of “Mama Rock’s Rules,” a parenting guide that offers insights from her life as mother of 10 children, including comedian Chris Rock, and 17 foster children. She can also speak from her experience as an educator specializing in preschool and special education.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Rose Rock to this event,” said FiveCAP Head Start Executive Director Mary Trucks. “This is a big year for us – we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, community action and Head Start, so hosting such an outstanding speaker will be a great way to mark another year of success in our program.”

FiveCAP serves Mason, Manistee, Lake and Newaygo counties and operates eight Head Start centers in this four-county service area.

The Parent Volunteer Honors Banquet is held each year to celebrate the commitment of Head Start families to the program. Each year, parents, grandparents and guardians volunteer in the classrooms, on the buses and chaperone field trips. For each hour they volunteer, they collect points, qualifying for banquet attendance after reaching a specific goal.

FiveCAP also takes the opportunity to present awards to the parents who have gone above and beyond the goal, and volunteered the most hours during the course of the school year.

“By achieving these goals, parents have already demonstrated a remarkable dedication to their children and become active participants in their education,” Trucks said. “We’re confident they will find Rose Rock’s presentation inspirational and the insight she offers from her wealth of experience will help them continue to seek more ways they can help their children achieve educational success.”

FiveCAP also honors Community Support volunteers from each of its four counties at the banquet, as well as calling attention to the great works done by individuals and businesses throughout the year.

“We are able to accomplish what we do each year only with the amazing support of our community,” Trucks said. “The Head Start Parent Volunteer Honors Banquet is our opportunity to gather everyone in the same room and give them a heartfelt thank you.”