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Head Start brings life back to Boyd

Posted: Saturday, Oct 27th, 2012

Youngsters help dignitaries cut the ribbon on the Boyd Center, the new home for local Rocky Mountain SER Head Starts. Courier photo by Ruth Heide

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — Youngsters are once again learning in the Boyd Elementary classrooms.

The former home of Alamosa second and third grades now hosts the Rocky Mountain SER (Service, Employment and Redevelopment) San Luis Valley Program for Head Start. Local and visiting dignitaries, along with youngsters now attending the Boyd Center, enjoyed a grand opening celebration on Friday at the school at 11th and Hunt Avenue in Alamosa.

“I am so glad it’s remaining a school, and thank you for the school board and Rocky Mountain SER for making that happen,” said Alamosa Mayor Kathy Rogers at the grand opening.

“We are proud to have you here in Alamosa.”

The Alamosa school district sold the building after the district moved into its new Alamosa Elementary, which incorporated the grades formerly housed at Boyd Elementary.

Rocky Mountain SER Statewide Head Start Director Judy Lopez said RMSER Head Start serves 2,200 children throughout Colorado including youngsters in the Conejos, Costilla and Alamosa programs. She commended the staff of these programs as well as the parents and families who support them.

She added she was excited that Boyd Elementary provided the opportunity for the Head Starts to be under one roof and provided space for administrative staff.

“We are very proud to be here,” she said.

Head Start prepares preschool youngsters for their K-12 education through a variety of play-through-learning experiences in the classroom in addition to nutritional, social and other support. Parents are a key part of the Head Start success.

The Boyd Center provides half- and full-day programs under a creative curriculum that develops everything from motor and language skills to social interaction and respect.

The Boyd classrooms have taken on mascots ranging from elk and zebra to grizzlies, moose and tigers.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday concluded with delicious treats catered by Bistro Rialto and Sun Flour Catering and Bakery.

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