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September 21, 2018

Success By 6 Summer Program aids Oswego 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 Oswego pre-K Summer Program at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.  Seated in front from left are: Teacher's Assistant, Shannon Donovan; Connor Beckwith, Alexis Murteza, Austin Murteza, James Talamo, Logan Mitten, and Teacher, Mrs. Valerie Donovan.  In the second row from left are: Dalton Gibson, Justin Hudson, Connor Mulcahey, and Dylan Sharkey.  In the back row from left are: Ameri-Corps Member, Maggie Abbate; Director of the Success By 6 Program, Bonnie Holmes; and Ameri-Corps Member Ted Jackson.

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 Oswego pre-K Summer Program at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School. Seated in front from left are: Teacher's Assistant, Shannon Donovan; Connor Beckwith, Alexis Murteza, Austin Murteza, James Talamo, Logan Mitten, and Teacher, Mrs. Valerie Donovan. In the second row from left are: Dalton Gibson, Justin Hudson, Connor Mulcahey, and Dylan Sharkey. In the back row from left are: Ameri-Corps Member, Maggie Abbate; Director of the Success By 6 Program, Bonnie Holmes; and Ameri-Corps Member Ted Jackson.

Pre-schoolers in the Oswego school district area 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.

Valerie Donovan, an elementary teacher with the Oswego school district, has been with the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program for the past 3 summers.  She sees the program as a benefit to both the children and the community.  “The Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program gives children the opportunity to be involved in an educational setting while allowing us to focus also on developing important social skills. This program is a real investment in the future of the community as it provides a wealth of early learning experiences and readiness skills for young children and helps to prepare them to enter kindergarten.  I hope that through involvement with the program children will develop a love for learning that follows them throughout their school years,” said Donovan.

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.  In Oswego, Ms. Donovan’s class is involved in a number of special projects such as making their own color books, working on computers, playing in the sand and water table and going on a ‘color scavenger hunt’.  “I want to provide the children with a fun, structured classroom experience that will properly prepare them for the transition to kindergarten,” added Donovan.

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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