Letter to the Editor

Kindergarten Countdown a success

Sunday, August 21, 2016
Submitted photo Mrs. Withers works with students during the recent Kindergarten Countdown.

To the editor:

This summer East Side Elementary, Meridian Elementary, and Forest Park Elementary hosted a jump start program called Kindergarten Countdown. Students entering in kindergarten for the school year of 2016-2017 were invited to spend two weeks in their classroom with their new teacher. The children started their day with breakfast in the cafeteria, spent a few hours in the classroom and ended the day with lunch. Teachers provided educational activities that encouraged children to learn the letters in the alphabet, reading comprehension, counting, numbers, etc. Not only were the teachers given supplies for the classroom, every child won several prizes for attending the program. Some of the prizes were bikes, scooters, board games, books, flashcards, writing electric boards and more!

The kindergarten teachers were excited to report that they could see huge gains from this program. Not only did they see academic success, they saw how excited the children were about coming to school. Several students were nervous with tears on the first day of the program and by the last day of the program they spoke about how much they love school. This program would have not been possible without the help of Clay County YMCA and funding through United Way. On Thursday, Sept. 22, there will be an event called Power of the Community where proceeds will go to United Way. There will be samplings from local restaurants and caters, live music, raffle drawings as well as silent and live auction. The event starts at 6:30 at North Clay Middle School. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at Riddell National Bank and Terre Haute Savings Bank.

Above, Ava Miller poses for a photo with prizes paid for by a grant. Submitted photo

Lindsey Mullinix, of Brazil