WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to recognize the Terrell Independent School District Head Start program for its 40 years of outstanding service to the schoolchildren of Terrell; and WHEREAS, A national program initially drawn up by a panel of child development experts, Head Start is a nonprofit federally funded program that seeks to help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children; and WHEREAS, The Terrell Head Start program began in 1965 as a six-week summer school program with two teachers and fewer than 40 students; in 1970, it became a part of the Terrell Independent School District through a federal grant, and the program began providing full-day services; and WHEREAS, Over the years, the program continued to grow, and it now serves 149 children and their families annually; over 3,500 children have been helped by the program during its 40 years of service; and WHEREAS, The Terrell Independent School District Head Start program is hosting a gala celebration on May 5, 2006, at Herman Furlough Middle School to pay tribute to the principals, teachers, school board members, staff, and volunteers who have made the Terrell Head Start program such a resounding success; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 79th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby commend the Terrell Independent School District Head Start program for the years of help and support it has provided the children and families of Terrell and extend best wishes to all for an outstanding gala celebration; and, be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for the district in honor of this occasion. Deuell ________________________________ President of the Senate I hereby certify that the above Resolution was adopted by the Senate on April 27, 2006. ________________________________ Secretary of the Senate ________________________________ Member, Texas Senate