Bay City, TX — Upbring celebrated the grand opening of the Upbring Head Start – Bay City Center yesterday, which is now one of four centers Upbring is operating in both Wharton and Matagorda Counties. There are 115 children served at the Bay City Center alone, between Head Start (3-5 years old) and Early Head Start (0-3 years old). Currently, 259 children in total are served across the two counties.
The building which houses Upbring Head Start is adorned with beautiful murals showcasing its rich history and emphasizing the cultural diversity of the community. Everywhere you walk, you’ll be greeted by images of children sharing books, student-made art and painted portraits of former graduates all smiling together alongside words of inspiration.
Andrew Benscoter, VP of Education and Innovation, welcomed everyone and introduced Delores Brinkley, a teacher for Upbring Head Start – Bay City Center. She shared with the audience her passion and hope for the children who will benefit from this program.
Remarks were also made by Dr. Kurt Senske, President & CEO of Upbring; Mark Bricker, Mayor of Bay City; and Carol Wootton, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold. Pastor Laura Olson from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wharton led everyone in a prayer and performed a blessing for the center.
The grand opening culminated with a ribbon-cutting by Dr. Senske, which included our speakers and Steve Angell, the Head Start Program Director, and Lillie Stone, the Director of the Bay City Center.
It was an inspiring day and a wonderful opportunity to engage face-to-face with the families that Upbring works so hard to lift up.