Apropos of Beverly Beyette's story of Oct. 11 ("Taking the Lead, Thanks to Project Head Start"), I was a volunteer in 1965--to work in L.B.J.'s "War on Poverty." I took my orientation at the University of Oregon, and was then sent to Gainesville, Fla., to start a head start program in Newberry, about 44 miles north of Gainesville. After many trials and tribulations--and no money--with six black women volunteers we opened the first day care center in Alachua County, which triggered six others over a period of time.
The 1 1/2 years I was in the program were the most rewarding period of my life--and it has been a long life--I am 85 years old and was 65 when I joined the program. What a pleasure to read of the children who benefited by our efforts.