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Success By 6 Summer Program Aids Phoenix 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, along with their teachers, are members of the Phoenix pre-K Summer Program at Maroun Elementary School.
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, along with their teachers, are members of the Phoenix pre-K Summer Program at Maroun Elementary School. Click the photo for a full-sized version.

Pre-schoolers in the Phoenix 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.

Amanda Gosek, an OCO Headstart/Universal pre-k teacher in Phoenix, and Carri Hahn, a certified teacher who is an assistant at Maroun Elementary in Phoenix, are teachers with the pre-K Summer Program at Maroun Elementary in Phoenix.  The two are enjoying their first year with the Success By 6 program and are excited about preparing the children for kindergarten.

“I am excited about preparing the children for kindergarten,” said Gosek.  “I want my students to have a smooth transition into kindergarten when they begin their school year in September.  This is a valuable program as it builds the student’s confidence and gives them the experience needed to transition with ease.”

Hahn cites the opportunity to introduce the students to the routines of the school day as one of the programs biggest benefits.  “I like being able to work with the student’s specific needs and help them get ready for kindergarten.  It allows me to introduce students to the kindergarten setting and provides them with a little extra support that will help them be successful when they begin their school years,” said Hahn.

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 Phoenix, students have been “playing to learn” as they participate in special activities such as special colors for special days, using games to identify their names, exploring different materials, and learning new songs.

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.