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Remembering good times and the Head Start Rap
Apple Pie and SalsaJuly 24, 2013 | 2,626 views | Post a comment
I hear through the grapevine that the Head Start program throughout Atascosa, Karnes, and Wilson counties is about to undergo a big change this coming school year. I don’t know exactly what. I don’t know if it is because of the government cutbacks or some other reason. All I know is that it would make me very sad if the program were discontinued. I still believe that Head Start has done a lot of good, and so do a lot of other dedicated former and current teachers. It was very rewarding to see several of the children from the last class I taught graduating from Floresville High this past May -- one with very high honors.
I got to thinking of those years at Head Start, and I pulled out a copy of the Head Start Rap I wrote years ago. I wrote it in December 1990, just before we let out for the Christmas holidays. On the last day of work we always had a workshop in the morning and lunch at noon. It was for all the employees of the Head Start centers in the three counties. That year the office staff from the central office in Kenedy decided to have each center do something for entertainment. We, the staff of the Floresville center, practiced the rap a few times, and that day we recited it for the rest of the group. Later, toward the end of the school year, we taught it to the children and they performed it for the parents at the end-of-school program.
I wonder if the “kids” will remember it if they read this.
Head Start Rap
We’re Head Start Children
and we’re here to say
That going to Head Start
just makes our day.
We have fun while we’re learning
our colors and shapes
And eating good things
like peaches and grapes.
Learning to share
is the first thing we learn ...
It goes right along
with taking a turn.
We sing and dance
and we learn our numbers,
And we take time out
for a little slumber.
We learn to think
by using our brains.
We learn about water
and why it rains.
Carrots and broccoli
we learn to like.
Good eating habits
stay with us for life.
We learn to take care
of our teeth and our
We learn that we’re special ...
we’re all somebody
We learn to take care
of one another
Cause in His eyes
we are all brothers.
We learn about people
in faraway places
We learn of their customs
and friendly faces.
All too soon
we have to move on
But our memories of Head Start
will not be gone.
Right now it’s time
to be getting along ...
We hope you’ve enjoyed
our rappin’ song.
Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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