When members of the Nebraska Pork Producers gathered in West Point last week for their annual Pork Industry Day and Expo, they came bearing gifts.
Baskets of school supplies were placed on each table at the Nielsen Community Center, along with little boxes for cash donations that will be used to buy books for preschool children enrolled in Head Start.
In addition to the school supplies, each Head Start classroom will receive the By-Product Bingo educational game developed by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association and the Nebraska Soybean Board.
The game is two games in one, featuring soy bi-products on one side of the card and pork bi-products on the other side. The game set includes cards with tokens and call out cards for a classroom of 25 students.
The set also includes 25 full color worksheets that include a crossword puzzle on one side and a matching game on the back side. Plus a full color poster to hang in the classroom was provided.
Approximately 400 children in 26 classrooms across Northeast Nebraska will benefit from the school supplies and books donated by the Nebraska Pork Producers.
Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for children from age three to five and their families. The goal of Head Start is to bring about a greater degree of social competence in young children, in particular those of lower-income families.