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Linden Head Start staff use artwork to show team spirit

September 20, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.
At left, Bernadette Harris, Head Start program director, and Bridgette Parton, Head Start program manager, are showing two painted windows at the Head Start building 124 North Main in Linden. Bridgette was quick to point out her sons’ football numbers. (photo by Neil Abeles)

Things are a little nutty around Linden Courthouse Square. Something is always going on.

Such as the appearance of boxes of flowers, to sitting chairs, articles of store advertisements like a big aluminum armadillo and the colorful water tower lighted at night.

And, of course, there are the many large store windows. There's no better billboard in all of town to get your message out.

Just the other day, seven members of the Linden Head Start administrative building staff went outside to paint the windows in support of the Linden High School Tiger football team and its season -- tiger paws and claws.

Bernadette Harris, Head Start program director, was one of the leaders. The seven put up finely detailed artwork of the team, including each football players' uniform number. It was as if the employees were cheerleaders, and it was time to support the team. Have a pep rally or two, don't you see?

Linden is always doing things like this around the square. The square is really something like a park. You walk around, stop to talk or look. Wave at the passing cars, wonder what technical matter is going on inside the courthouse or reckon what trouble City Hall might be trying to overcome.

Linden Head Start has its administrative offices here, working with some 10 centers around the area. Here are the 10 schools with Head Start programs:

Atlanta Primary




Hughes Springs



New Boston


Queen City

Head Start here is 25 years old now. Linden Head Start as a social service sector of Community Services of Northeast Texas employs about seven people at this single location and generates about $129,938 in annual revenues.

Head Start is a child development program preparing children for early entry into kindergarten. If income eligible and 3 to 5 years old, Head Start can provide health, educational, dental and social services free.

It's little wonder that the Linden Head Start staffers were filled with excitement to be outside and creating some enthusiasm and spirit. That's what they do daily for their job.

"Don't use my picture, but you can take a picture of my artwork," said one. That someone would be a good Head Start teacher or provider.

photo Shown from left, Victoria Horner, Sarah Wilson, Shirley Baker and Sharda Barber are Head Start program employees in Linden, creating Linden-Kildare Tiger support art. (photo by Neil Abeles)

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