Thursday, May 3, 2007
ICS renames Holly Springs center
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Head Start Center was renamed and dedicated after one of its educators, Marjean Taylor-Myatt, in ceremonies last week with about 150 employees and dignitaries in attendance.
It was called a day of rejoicing for the Institute of Community Services (ICS) family.
The center was built in 1995 and has been operated with the name of the city on the building.
ICS director Arvern Moore in his reflections, called it “a truly good afternoon for all of you, an occasion all can take pride in.”
Myatt began at ICS as a resource teacher, moved up to educational director, then director of disabilities services.
ICS operates 20 Head Start Centers.
In words of thanks, Myatt called on the verses to a song - “Let the work that I’ve done speak for me.”
She said the work at ICS is in transforming small miracles into great successes.
“To God be the glory. To God be the glory. This is a day of rejoicing, a day of celebration, a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God for certainly it could not have been without divine intervention,” Myatt said.
Using her trademark, wit, she remarked to Moore, “I know you couldn’t find anybody else. You took inventory of your 800-plus employees and said, nobody can do it like her. When you got it, you got it.”
Then in a more serious vein, Myatt continued, “The Lord did bless my 29 years to receive honor, because I never worked for my paycheck or supervisor.”
Quoting from Colossians, she said ‘From the Lord you will receive your blessing.’
“Man can’t pay you. God can. I’m working for the eternal reward,” she said
Myatt praised her parents for setting a right example for living and relying on Jesus as guide to living.
Born in 1949, Myatt said kids of the day were born feisty, as she was referred to in previous comments, because they were not being challenged.
“Strive for excellence. Be second to none,” she said. “Never give up until you accomplish your mission. Let’s save our children. Our children in general are dialing 911. Somebody needs to answer the call. We need to address the spiritual, intellectual, emotional needs of children - all aspects.
“We must raise children, who are respectful, trusting and have integrity, to become law-abiding citizens. The problem is our children do not see enough of us adults exhibiting these traits.”
Others giving tribute to Marjean Taylor-Myatt included Elder H.W. Jones, who said, “She’s fiery. She’ll speak when she feels it necessary. She’s always kind.”
“Mrs. Myatt, you deserve this day,” he said. “I thank God for someone who had the vision to lift somebody else up. Mr. Moore decided to esteem her higher.”
Gracie Echols said Myatt is “a person whose persona is often imitated, but never duplicated. This dedication is your reward for your hard work. The best is yet to come.”
Hazel Randall read a poem that compared Myatt to a seed God sends.
“What seed God used when he seeded Mrs. Myatt is the small beautiful seed that makes the oak tree,” Randall said. “It is strong in the wind with deep roots entwined in the lives of children, staff, and families. Her love for Head Start is always steadfast like the mighty oak.”
The Marjean Taylor-Myatt Head Start Center is located at 170 West Valley Street in Holly Springs.
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