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September 23, 2018

Success By 6 Summer Program aids Fulton Youth



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</p>Students in the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program are enjoying school this summer as they prepare to begin kindergarten in the fall.  Pictured above are members of the pre-K Summer Program at Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton.  In the front row from left are: Lana Mahle, Sammantha McLoughlin, Erica DeSalvatore, David Stevens, and Logan Wilson. In the back row left are: Evan Bush, Director of the Success By 6 Program, Bonnie Holmes; AmeriCorps workers, Ted Jackson and Maggie Abbate; Teacher, and Jessica Vosseller. Absent from the photo are students, Eric Mitchell, Paige McConnell, and Annabel Boyer.

Students in the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program are enjoying school this summer as they prepare to begin kindergarten in the fall. Pictured above are members of the pre-K Summer Program at Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton. In the front row from left are: Lana Mahle, Sammantha McLoughlin, Erica DeSalvatore, David Stevens, and Logan Wilson. In the back row left are: Evan Bush, Director of the Success By 6 Program, Bonnie Holmes; AmeriCorps workers, Ted Jackson and Maggie Abbate; Teacher, and Jessica Vosseller. Absent from the photo are students, Eric Mitchell, Paige McConnell, and Annabel Boyer.

Pre-schoolers in the Fulton school district are preparing to make the transition to kindergarten as successful as possible thanks to the United Way’s Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program.

Administered by the individual schools, the Success By 6 Pre-K Summer Program is in each of the 9 school districts in Oswego County and has total of 15 classrooms.  The Summer Program features a well rounded curriculum which includes special guest readers, a sun safety program taught by the Oswego County Cooperative Extension, and basic social skills such as how to sit and pay attention and how to properly conduct yourself in a school environment.

Jessica Vosseller, a substitute teacher in the Fulton School District, is experiencing her first year with the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program.   “This program truly benefits the children as it provides them with the extra boost they need before entering kindergarten.  They have the advantage of already being in a classroom setting and have been exposed to colors, letters, numbers, shapes, and books as well as exercises that help develop their listening, self-help and socialization skills,” explained Vosseller.

According to Program Coordinator, Bonnie Holmes, the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program has been well received by both the children and the teachers.  “The school districts and the teachers recognize that it is an excellent learning program.  It is designed to properly prepare children with the tools and skills they need to succeed when they begin kindergarten and implemented in a way that is educational and fun for the children,” she said.

Holmes said that while the goal is the same, each district achieves it a little differently.  At Fairgrieve elementary, Ms. Vosseller’s class is involved in a number of learning experiences and special projects.   “In addition to learning their colors, letters and numbers the children have enjoyed sharing other experiences such as a special project where they made greeting cards for area residents, attending a presentation on the importance of sun safety, and an ice cream party on the last day of the program with their parents.  My goal is to have each child leave prepared to begin kindergarten in the fall,” added Vosseller.

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.

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