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Posted on: April 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] United Way Breaks Ground with the Air National Guard to Ensure Future of Head Start for Neighborhood

Volunteers from the Air National Guard 203 Red Horse Squadron will join United Way’s United for Children team at St. Mary’s Basilica in Norfolk on Friday...

NORFOLK, Va. (April 19, 2018) — Volunteers from the Air National Guard 203 Red Horse Squadron (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers) will join United Way’s United for Children team at St. Mary’s Basilica in Norfolk on Friday to begin work on building repairs and a new playground for Head Start.

Head Start, the federal program promoting school readiness for children from birth to age five. provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development for income-eligible families. Head Start programs must meet guidelines similar to other pre-schools and day schools, and one of those is having an outdoor play area. To continue operating, the Head Start program at St. Mary’s Basilica in downtown Norfolk needed a new playground - and the manpower to build it.

Without these upgrades to the building and the playground, Head Start would not be able to continue serving the children and families in the neighborhood.

United for Children is providing the playground and building supplies to make improvements to the historic property. The Air National Guard 203 Red Horse Squadron stepped up to help with planning and construction. In addition, volunteers from Dominion Power helped prepare the site to ensure a successful build.

Media are invited to attend Friday’s groundbreaking event:
  • WHAT: Groundbreaking- Air National Guard 203 Red Horse Squadron joins United Way in Ensuring the Future of Head Start
  • WHEN: 0900 on Friday, April 20
  • WHERE: St. Mary’s Basilica, 232 Chapel St., Norfolk, VA 23504
  • WHO: Lt. Col. Jeffrey E. Getz, commander of 203 Red Horse Squadron; Chief Master Sergeant Scott L. Morrill is leading the build; Lt. Jared Williams is an airman with the squadron and the project lead from Dominion Power; Carol McCormack, President & CEO of United Way of South Hampton Roads; Dr. Jarrett Brunny, United for Children Director; Father Curran, St. Mary’s Basilica; Kevin Otey, Hampton Roads Community Action Program
Once completed, the new playground will continue serving 100 Head Start children in Norfolk through Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP).
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