Pre-schoolers in the Parish 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.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 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.
Ms. Godfrey, a teaching assistant with special programs in the APW School District, sees the Success By 6 pre-K Summer Program as an important first step in children’s educational experience.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “Our children will be our leaders in the future.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Every year standards are increasing and children need to know more at a younger age.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The Success By 6 Summer pre-K Program is important in that it provides children with a head start so that they don’t fall behind,” said Godfrey.
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.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “The school districts and the teachers recognize that it is an excellent learning program.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 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.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â In Parish, Ms. Godfrey’s class is involved in a number of learning experiences including: making greeting cards for residents of area nursing homes; learning about the importance of sun safety and creating bracelets that will change color when exposed to the sun; and making special books about themselves and what they are learning that they can take home at the end of the program.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “I enjoy meeting the children and preparing them for their first day of kindergarten.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I want them to love school and learning as much as I do,” added Godfrey.
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.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 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.