Head Start celebrates male role models with luncheon

Children at Boonville's Head Start got to enjoy a meal with their male role model in life, an event known as the 100 Man Luncheon, which celebrates the a child's need for a father figure, Tuesday during lunch time. Head Start being one of the many programs of Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), is a program geared towards lower income families.
We have seen through much of the work we have done, positive male role models play a huge part in the children's lives," CMCA's Evan Melkersman said.
Head Start's Kresencz Hundley said the meal is also used to kick off their recruitment for the year.
Although the luncheon has been going on for quite some time, Hudnley said a couple things have changed from previous years.
"This year we sent out personal invites, which has brought in more people than before," Hundley said.
Sending out flyers has not had the same impact as personal invites, which has prompted more people to come.
Their were two lunch shifts, one at 11 a.m. for the morning class, and one at 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon class. Each shift served an assortment of food geared towards the child or adult. After receiving the food, the children and guests sat together and ate.
Hundley also said the luncheon is a way to gain support and acknowledgment of the program.
"Head start is a very important part of this community," Hundley said. "We want to build relationships across the community and this is how we build upon that."
The male role models who came for lunch included Cooper County Judge Keith Bail, who read to the children and Boonville R-1 School President Charlie Melkersman.
"I wanted to show my support for this program by coming out here today," Melkersman said.
While not quite 100 men showed up, Hundley said two sheets were filled with guests names.
Head Start is located behind Dollar General in the old Boonville Country Club Clubhouse.