Osage Nation Head Start program receives assistance for winter coats

A lot of children in Osage County received new winter coats this Christmas, and they weren’t from Santa Claus.

The Osage Casinos helped the Osage Nation Head Start program buy new winter coats for each child this year, helping those children to a warmer holiday season.

The coats were provided on the last day before the holiday break for 210 children who attend school at the ON Head Start programs in seven locations throughout Osage County.

Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle approved the funding, in the amount of $3,000, for the coats.

“The kids were excited to get their coats,” said Denise Keene, director of the Osage Nation Head Start. “The parents and staff are very grateful for the generosity of the Osage Casino. It’s not very often that kindness can be repaid in full measure, but we are sure to send our praise to your organization every chance we get.”

The ON Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for 210 children ages 3-5 years old throughout Osage County. Classrooms are located in Pawhuska (2), Skiatook (3), Fairfax (3), and one each in Barnsdall, Shidler, McCord and Hominy, according to a prepared release.

The Osage Nation Head Start teaches children not only the basics they need for school, but also promotes family and community. Osage Nation Head Start offers revolving themes, classroom activities, field trips, and welcomes family and parent involvement, according to the release.

Osage Casinos are an economic enterprise of the Osage Nation. Osage Casinos are located in Pawhuska, Hominy, Skiatook, Ponca City, Sand Springs, Bartlesville and Tulsa. for more information.

[Editor's Note: The son of Osage News Editor Shannon Shaw attends the ON Pawhuska Head Start and is featured in the photo provided by Osage Casinos.]