It’s hard to believe, but some school systems start classes next week. For some kindergarten students, it will mark their first step into a larger world of teachers, classrooms and classmates. In order to ease that transition, the United Way of Etowah County holds what they call Kinder-Camps to acclimate those children into their new environment.
Today the first of three Kinder-Camps was held at Weston Elementary School, and it was overseen by Emily Sims, director of the Success by Six program. While the students are getting used to their classrooms and teachers, their parents are meeting with representatives of several agencies to learn about community resources that are available to their families.
Sims says this is all made possible by sponsors lined up through the United Way. Sims says that while corporate sponsors are crucial for the Kinder Camps, they also rely on members of the community to pitch in and help during the sessions themselves.