MACY, Neb. — Dr. Julie Prusa would have loved to invite everyone in Macy to celebrate the expansion of the Omaha Tribe’s Head Start building.
But COVID-19 got in the way, first by nixing any festivities last summer when the building was finished, and then again in the fall, when children were unable to attend Early Head Start and Head Start in person because of a spike in virus cases in the community.
The Sioux City Journal reports that children finally were allowed to attend in person beginning on Jan. 11, so Prusa and her staff organized a scaled-back celebration earlier this week to mark the occasion. A handful of people were present recently when the building was blessed in a cedar ceremony, and again when the children were blessed as they entered the building.
“We’re all making sacrifices for the betterment of everything, to try to keep people healthy,” Prusa, executive director of Omaha Tribe Head Start/Early Head Start, said of the dashed celebration plans. “If we get that other grant, we can do it the next time.”
Yes, if the tribe secures a third grant to add on yet again to the building, there will be cause for celebration, and hopefully the coronavirus won’t be an unwelcome guest.
The first two grants provided the reason for this week’s events. The tribe in 2018 secured a $1.5 million grant that provided for construction of the new Early Head Start facilities, enabling the program to move from a temporary location to the same site […]