Child Support Services donates books to head start program

The Oklahoma Child Support Services office in Poteau donated 160 books to the Kibois Head Start Program as part of Read Across America Day.The office collected the books during a week-long community book drive ending on March 1, Read Across America Day.Read Across America Day is the nation’s largest celebration of reading, with more than 45 million participating to highlight the importance of developing a love of reading from an early age. Held each year on March 1, the day coincides with the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.“When I heard about Read Across America Day, I knew it was something our office would want to do,” said Amanda Tucker, Oklahoma Child Support Services program manager for the Poteau office. “This is our community, and working for the well-being of children is at the core of our work.”Vicki Hamel, OCSS managing attorney for the Poteau office, agreed.“In everything we do as child support professionals, our goal is to promote healthy families,” said Hamel. “Developing a love for reading can become a cornerstone for all sorts of educational opportunity, and education is the key to healthy families.”