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Kindergarten Countdown Fair is August 5

Friday August 1, 2014

School-readiness and educational event free for kids and parents

Hundreds of 5-year-olds are expected to swarm Louisville Slugger Field the evening of August 5 for the annual Kindergarten Countdown Fair – the main event of the city’s yearly initiative 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 milestone.”

The Kindergarten Countdown Fair is Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Louisville Slugger Field from
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students and an adult will receive free admission to the Louisville Bats game, where they will also receive information about immunizations, health screenings and skills they should know before starting kindergarten. Students will be able to meet teachers and tour a school bus as well.

“This program helps young people enter school ready to learn. The Library is proud to be part of it,” Library Director Craig Buthod said.

Now in its ninth year, Kindergarten Countdown is a partnership between Metro Government, 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. JCPS has crafted an informative school readiness guide to help parents understand what they can do at home to maximize their child’s kindergarten experience. It can be accessed on their website.

"Metro United Way’s vision is a community whose people achieve their fullest potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives,” said Joe Tolan, president and CEO. “These are the building blocks for a good quality of life…and we know that education drives the other two. That’s why it’s critical our children enter kindergarten ready to learn, because we know that children who start behind tend to stay behind. Kindergarten Countdown is a fun way to celebrate a very important milestone in a child's education and help them prepare to be successful in school and life."

The website is: http://www.lfpl.org/kindergarten.html