/////UAMS Head Start 4-Year-Olds Sing Carols for Wilson, Reece
UAMS Head Start 4-Year-Olds Sing Carols for Wilson, Reece 2018-01-05T09:11:33+00:00

DEC. 20, 2004 | Sporting Santa caps and reindeer antlers, a group of 4-year-olds from the Head Start program operated by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) sang their hearts out for UAMS administrators recently.

The 20 carolers, led enthusiastically by Jannetta Palmer, were continuing a four-year Head Start tradition of bringing holiday cheer to Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D. This year, they also visited College of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

The excitement on campus began as the Head Start bus parked in front of the Communications and Marketing offices and the pint-sized singers disembarked. They lined up obediently in the hall and marched to the administration offices, pausing to give a warm-up performance for the office staff.

They filed into the chancellor’s office, where Wilson and his staff gave the children big smiles and listened attentively to the rousing concert. Afterward, Wilson knelt among the children as they gave him hugs and kisses and posed for photographs before they moved on to the College of Medicine offices.

The kids sang Felice Navidad, Up on the Housetop, Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells, as they shook jingle bells. They also sang Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, adding that Chancellor Wilson and Dean Reece would “go down in history” like Rudolph.

The UAMS Head Start program operates 29 centers in Pulaski County. The centers take turns visiting UAMS to serenade the chancellor. This year’s carolers were from the King Center in Little Rock where Aubrey Kelly is site manager. The children were accompanied by Palmer and other King Head Start teachers Debra Goins and Ann Perkins, along with Dee McLemore, UAMS Head Start education coordinator for the central office.