United Way is offering a free kindergarten readiness camp this summer to make sure young children are ready to start their first year of school in the fall.
The camp runs from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday from Tuesday to July 10 at Pettit Park Elementary School. Lunch will be provided, and children ages 4 and 5 can enroll.
The program is part of United Way’s 4Community initiative. While many children starting kindergarten can recite the alphabet, print numbers and letters and count to 10, there are other skills necessary to thrive in a classroom.
“Studies show that early schooling has enormous benefits,” said Jim Leslie, United Way’s community impact director. “When engaged in a good readiness program, those children are less likely to fall behind and [more likely] to graduate on time. A child who has had opportunities to be independent, to solve problems and to wait for a turn patiently will feel more confident and successful in the classroom.”
Also, volunteers are needed to help out with the kindergarten readiness camp; organizers would like to have two volunteers in both classrooms each day.
For more information, contact Leslie at 765-457-6691 or email email@example.com.