Former Head Start Center Manager Honored through Familyâ€™s Book Donation
Enoud Bennett, beloved former center manager at Harris County Department of Educationâ€™s Channelview Head Start Center, is remembered as a leader with a heart for children and literacy.
Bennett died in June 2017, leaving behind a legacy of service and promoting early literacy. As the year anniversary of Bennettâ€™s passing approached, Bennettâ€™s mother, Ruby, and two sisters, Beverly and Rose, began brainstorming ways to carry on her legacy. They reached out to friends, family and Bennettâ€™s church to collect books, resulting in more than 500 books to gift to Head Start students.
â€œWeâ€™re donating these books in honor of Enoud,â€� said Beverly Bennett at the Channelview center, where friends and family gathered to remember Bennett. â€œShe loved to give back and she loved kids.â€�
Bennett dedicated more than 30 years to the Head Start organization, working at the Compton, Humble, Barrett Station, Fifth Ward and Channelview locations. Bennettâ€™s passion for education and desire to make a difference in her community touched the lives of students and staff alike.
Hattie Weston, family services provider at the Channelview center, fondly remembers Bennettâ€™s lively interactions with the children at the center.
â€œShe loved teaching children and she wouldnâ€™t just read to them, she would make the books come alive,â€� said Weston. â€œShe told students books would take them everywhere.â€�
Through this donation, each student at the Compton, Humble, Barrett Station, Fifth Ward and Channelview locations will receive books to take home and build their home libraries.
Photo: Rose Bennett, Beverly Bennett and mother Ruby Bennett pose with Channelview Head Start Center Manager Cynthia Johnson and donated books.Source: HCDE