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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 pre-K Summer Program at Leighton Elementary School in Oswego.  In front from left are: Lacey Marino, Madison Casper, George Smith, and Idaliana Rodriguez. In the second row from left are Kadin Davis and Antonio Lombardo; In the back row from left are: AmeriCorps worker with Success By 6, Maggie Abbate; Director of the Success By 6 program, Bonnie Holmes; Teacher, Jackie Clarke; and AmeriCorps worker with Success By 6, Ted Jackson.  Absent from photo are participants Carrie Brooks, Lauren Elkin and Aubrey Ruggio.
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 Leighton Elementary School in Oswego. In front from left are: Lacey Marino, Madison Casper, George Smith, and Idaliana Rodriguez. In the second row from left are Kadin Davis and Antonio Lombardo; In the back row from left are: AmeriCorps worker with Success By 6, Maggie Abbate; Director of the Success By 6 program, Bonnie Holmes; Teacher, Jackie Clarke; and AmeriCorps worker with Success By 6, Ted Jackson. Absent from photo are participants Carrie Brooks, Lauren Elkin and Aubrey Ruggio.

Pre-schoolers in the Oswego City 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.

Jackie Clarke, a reading teacher in the Oswego City School District, has been with the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program for the past 3 years.  According to Clarke the program provides an excellent opportunity for those who attend.  “This program exposes children to the kindergarten setting and expectations.  Participation in the pre-K program will make the transition into kindergarten much easier for the children,” said Clarke.

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 Ms. Clarke’s Oswego classroom students are practicing their fine and gross motor skills and becoming familiar with kindergarten routines in preparation for when they begin school in the fall.

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.