Darren Doyle, story:
South Edmonson and Kyrock Elementary Schools recently celebrated the 4th annual Camp Kindergarten at each respective school.
According to Preschool Coordinator for Edmonson Schools Wyn Caudill, this year's program was expanded into two different sessions.
"We were able to expand the program thanks to a grant from United Way of Southern KY and support from our community partner, The Edmonson Voice," he said.
Caudill said that he feels the program has led to the improvement in kindergarten readiness scores and is making a significant difference in students transition to kindergarten.
"The expansion allows teachers more individual time with students to access their specific needs to help them better prepare for the beginning of school," he added. "Teachers can now review more academic content with students which simply allows Edmonson County students to have a better chance for a good start in education."
While campers stayed busy with work, there was also plenty of play involved as newcomers enjoyed some recess time on inflatables at both schools, and had a pizza party for lunch on the last day of camp.
Campers also had fun with a bus safety and procedure session with local bus driver Marsha Lillpop, and all campers received a camp T-Shirt sponsored by The Edmonson Voice. Students will also receive a school pack back filled with classroom supplies that will be available at each school’s open house.
"We had 104 total students participate this year, said Caudill. This was an increase from 81 students last year. I believe our increased success 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, Alicia Edwards Family Resource Center Coordinator, and our friends at the Edmonson Voice."
Caudill also wanted to thank the kindergarten staff at SEES and Kyrock as well as the Youth Service Center and Family Resource Center for their extra assistance.
"I am especially excited about all the parents, grandparents, and guardians who took the time to make sure their child was able to attend," he added.