In an attempt to help parents better prepare their young children for school, Jackson Township Elementary School will be hosting a "Keys to Success BEFORE Children Begin School" program Thursday, Feb. 28.
Parents of children age preschool to second-grade in the Jackson Township district are invited to attend the free chili supper and program, which begins at 6:15 p.m. in the cafeteria.
"Our main goal is to let parents know what they do the five years before school is vital," Principal Jeff Fritz said.
He and several teachers will lead the school-funded program, which is based on the book "Annual Growth for All Students, Catch-up Growth for Those Who are Behind."
"Research has shown, the main key to student success is reading to them at home," Fritz said.
The program will go over the growth progression of students who enter school at various reading levels.
The school is trying to reach parents of students already in the school, because, "even at second grade, some students have not had an exposure to reading," Fritz said.
Fritz is expecting a good turnout, weather permitting, but is excited no matter the participation.
"If we reach a half-dozen parents, those are parents we've never reached before," he said.
Parents of preschoolers in attendance will also receive Jackson Township Elementary library cards to provide access to more books for families.
"Twenty minutes (of reading) a day makes a huge difference," Fritz said.
For more information, contact the office at Jackson Township at 812-986-2177.