United Way Kinder Camp
Starting Kindergarten can be a time filled with new experiences and lots of fun times, but it can also make kids and parents feel overwhelmed and nervous. The United Way of Etowah County’s Success By Six program is providing a summer program that will help first-time kindergarten students and parents. West End Elementary was the first location for the project last year and this year the United Way added Duck Springs Elementary. The two schools hosted the summer camp that is designed to prepare children with little or no preschool experience for their new roles as kindergarten students. Kinder Camp is a practice school day. It’s an opportunity for youngsters to be better prepared to start school ready to succeed. United Way Success By Six Director Emily Sims, shares about the importance of the camp. She says Kinder Camp provides a valuable opportunity for kids to gain the skills needed to succeed in school in a realistic classroom setting while participating in a day of engaging activities. The funding for the project came from Exchange Bank, Regions Bank, Modern Women of America, the Rotary Club, and the United Ways’ Girlfriend Gala. One of the main goals for this school readiness project is to expand the program into rural county schools. Sims says all children and parents need to feel good and comfortable their first year in school. She adds that the program helps to increase critical readiness skills for entering Kindergarten.