Friends of Head Start (FOHS)
Friends of Head Start (FOHS) is the fundraising entity for Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. (RMDC)’s Head Start Program and is listed officially as Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc., DBA Friends of Head Start. This is a volunteer committee comprised of community members and RMDC employees who are committed and dedicated to financially supporting RMDC Head Start and the children and families they serve. Every year, FOHS hosts a Spring event called Extravaganza. This event consists of a silent and live auction, as well as a live band and entertainment. Funds raised through this event specifically support RMDC Head Start in a number of ways.
To educate our communities about the value of RMDC Head Start's comprehensive early childhood development program and to enhance the program's work with financial assistance.
An event typically hosted in the Spring each year, Extravaganza hosts live music, live and silent auctions, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres with special emphasis on sales of potted plants in vessels created and donated by local artists. Funds that Friends of Head Start earn through Extravaganza specifically support the local high quality RMDC Head Start Program through:
- School to Home Projects – monthly during the school year a parent/child project is sent home that includes the supplies/materials to do the project, a book the project is based on, and parent education materials to help develop a child’s school readiness skills. We want to help children build a library of books!
- Bookshelf Builds – children and their dads/dad figures build a bookshelf together to hold books provided in School to Home Projects and at classroom and family events, etc.
- Classroom and Program Needs – funds from Extravaganza support purchasing and replacing much needed classroom and program materials. This past fall, Friends of Head Start donated funds to help purchase much needed space in the north Helena Valley for a classroom to meet the needs of valley families.