Tuesday July 17, 2012
School-readiness and educational event free for kids and parents
Hundreds of 5-year-olds are expected to swarm Slugger Field the night of July 23 for the city’s annual Kindergarten Countdown Fair. The event is designed to help prepare students entering school for the first time.
“Kindergarten is an important milestone,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I want our kids to get excited about the first day of school, and I want parents to know how to prepare their children for this important first step on the path of lifelong learning.”
The fair is Monday, July 23 at Louisville Slugger Field from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Students and an adult will receive free admission to the Louisville Bats game that evening.
Students are encouraged to wear their Countdown to Kindergarten T-shirts, which are available for free at all Louisville Free Public Library branches. Dr. Donna Hargens, superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, and Maggie Elder, vice president of community impact for Metro United Way, will take a few of the kindergarteners to the pitcher’s mound to help Fischer throw out the first pitch.
Parents will receive information about immunizations, health screenings and skills their children should know before starting kindergarten. Students also will be able to decorate lunch bags for the first day of school and tour a JCPS school bus.
Kindergarten Countdown is a partnership between the city, JCPS, Metro United Way, the Louisville Free Public Library and PNC Grow Up Great. The agencies work throughout the year to increase school readiness and to educate parents and children about the transition to kindergarten.
“With Metro United Way’s focused efforts on the building blocks for a good quality of life – education, financial stability and health – one of our community aspirations is that all children enter kindergarten ready to learn,” said Joe Tolan, president of Metro United Way. “We know that if students enter kindergarten behind in their skills, research shows they stay behind.”
More information is at the website: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/residents/kindergarten-countdown.htm