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Incoming Kindergarten Students Get A Glimpse Of Fun & Learning During Event
Darren Doyle, report:
The 3rd annual Camp Kindergarten was held at South Edmonson and Kyrock Elementary schools on June 12th, 13th, 14th. This annual camp is an ongoing part of Edmonson County Schools' initiative to improve kindergarten readiness in the district.
“This program is showing improvements in kindergarten readiness scores and is making a significant difference in students transition to kindergarten,” said Wyn Caudill, Preschool Coordinator for Edmonson County Schools. "We're seeing a significant increase in readiness scores and our kindergarten teachers are seeing improvement in the classroom as well.”
Caudill said that Camp Kindergarten students go through a modified school day during camp where they work on academic and social skills while learning and reviewing school rules. Teachers were able to identify individual student needs, provide feedback to parents, and were able to plan instructional strategies for the 2018-19 school year.
Luckily for the little ones, it wasn't just school work alone as campers were able to enjoy some recess time on inflatables at both schools and a pizza party for lunch on the last day of camp.
Edmonson County Bus Driver Marsha Lillpop also provided a bus safety and procedure session for each group.
All campers received a camp t-shirt sponsored by community partner The Edmonson Voice. Students will also receive a school backpack filled with classroom supplies available for pickup at each school’s open house. Overall, Caudill said the program is an excellent way to help with those "first day of school butterflies" that we all remember. The camp helps get newcomers excited about their new journey that will begin August 8th.
"We had 81 total participants this year," said Caudill. "This project was the result of great team effort by our district staff, including Jamie Carnes, Director of State and Federal Programs, Carol Stice, Supervisor of Instruction, and Alicia Edwards, Family Resource Center Coordinator."
Caudill also added a very special thanks to the kindergarten staff at SEES and Kyrock, and to the Youth Service Center and Family Resource center for their extra help.
"I am especially excited about all the parents, grandparents and guardians who took the time to make sure their child was able to attend. Edmonson County is a distinguished school district because of the commitment and hard work of our school staff and the support of parents and guardians."