On Wednesday May 2nd, Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ) visited the Ocean Community Economic Action Now (O.C.E.A.N.) Inc. Head Start Program to thank them for the Valentine's Day cards he received from the children. Representative Runyan also delivered books from the Library of Congress to the Head Start Program.
"It was great to meet the children, parents, employees of the OCEAN Inc. Head Start Program," said Congressman Runyan. "I was touched to receive the cards and notes from the students on Valentine's Day and I knew I had to find time to visit the children to personally thank them. The Head Start Program in Ocean County provides an important service to many young children and their families, which helps place them on the right path to educational success."
The Head Start Program was started in 1964 as a way to help low-income children form a base of knowledge before starting kindergarten. Since that time the program has been expanded and today stands as one of the United States' longest running programs that fights poverty through education. OCEAN Inc. has Head Start Programs throughout Ocean County.
"My office has begun to inform local senior centers and school districts of the long standing Library of Congress Surplus Book Program," stated Congressman Runyan. "I thought it would be appropriate that the first donations from the program benefited the Head Start Program in Toms River. My office was able to procure approximately 25 books for pre-school aged students. These books were all donated from the Library of Congress. I would encourage any other school or senior center that wishes to participate in the program to contact my office in Mt. Laurel or Ocean County."
The Library of Congress (LoC) Surplus Book program was established to donate books that are not needed by the LoC to any eligible organization or institution. Every day the Library of Congress receives copies of all books that are printed in the United States, which has resulted in a surplus of books that the Library does not need. These surplus books are then taken to a special section of the Library to be donated.