To mark Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger, Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services made “tiger” headbands with special messages for students and staff in MEO Head Start preschools.
The intermediate and high school students worked on the paper headbands on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and delivered them on Tuesday, Feb. 1, the Lunar New Year, in a collaboration between the two MEO departments.
The messages on the 20 headbands included: “May your year be filled with abundance of smiles and laughter”; “May all your wishes come true”; and “Good luck on the year ahead.”
MEO Youth Services runs an afterschool prevention program that tackles issues of bullying, under-age drinking, substance abuse and suicide for youths ages 11 to 18.
MEO Early Childhood Services operates Head Start preschool programs on Maui and Molokai for 3 and 4 year olds from low income families.
MEO Head Start is currently signing up children and families for the 2022-23 school year. For more information, call (808) 249-2988 or go to the MEO website at www.meoinc.org.
MEO Youth Services accepts youths year round for its programs. To apply, call (808) 243-4309 or go to the MEO website.
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Kahlen Boteilho-Dougherty, an 8th grader at Emmanuel Lutheran School, makes a headband on Tuesday, Jan. 25, for preschoolers in a collaboration between MEO Head Start and MEO Youth Services.
Sixth-grader Kapono Manlapao (foreground) and 7th-grader Cruz Freitas work on their Year of the Tiger headbands for preschoolers in MEO Head Start. Both are students at Kalama Intermediate.