Success By 6 Kicks Offs Summer Pre-K Program

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FULTON, NY – Thanks to the efforts of the United Way’s Success By 6 program young children throughout Oswego County will be well prepared to begin their education this fall.

Director of the Success By 6 program, Bonnie Holmes announced this year’s Pre-K Summer Program is under way with classrooms in each of Oswego County’s nine school districts.

Teachers participating in Success By 6 Pre-K Summer Program recently completed their orientation and are ready to begin preparing area youth so that they will be ready to successfully begin kindergarten in the fall. Seated from left are: Kelly Bosch, Amanda Gosek, Carri Hahn, Melissa Hull, and Marsha Maxon. Standing from left are: Joyce Garrett, Ashlee Distin, Wendy Godfrey, Val Donovan, Jackie Clark, Jessica Vosseller, Susan Abrams, Director of the Success By 6 Program, Bonnie Holmes; and AmeriCorps Members, Maggie Abbate and Ted Jackson.  Absent from the photo are teachers Tami Grover, Laurie Wood, and Jennifer Monnat.Holmes said that the Success By 6 Pre-K Summer Program would host approximately 250 in 15 classrooms throughout Oswego County. The program is designed to provide children with the necessary skills and support they need to be successful when they begin school.

It offers participants a well-rounded curriculum that combines learning skills with challenging activities, guest readers, and special presentations.  Special attention is also given to helping the children develop basic social skills such as how to sit and pay attention and how to properly conduct oneself in a school environment.

Holmes, who recently met with the Pre-K teachers, is excited about this year’s program.

“It was encouraging to see the level of enthusiasm that the teachers have for this program. They enjoy working with the children and are well aware of the program’s effectiveness. They truly appreciate the way the program prepares the children and understand the benefits that the children and their parents receive from it,” said Holmes.

In addition, this year’s summer program will feature AmeriCorps member, Ted Jackson as a special guest instructor who will assist in the classroom and coordinate a hands on activity where the children design cheerful cards for residents in area nursing homes.

Supported by the United Way, the Success By 6 program strives to increase the effectiveness of the community to meet the needs of children up to age six and their families. By sharing information and exploring new collaborations for service delivery, Success By 6 seeks to mobilize resources to ensure all children are physically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally able to learn when entering school.

For more information on the Success By 6 Pre-K Summer Program, call Holmes at 593-1900.