Jump Start programs prepare kids for school

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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FLEMINGSBURG — Back to school is marching ever closer, and while many students are simply moving ahead another grade, others are taking their first steps into academia.

Fleming County elementary schools are holding jump start programs for children transitioning into kindergarten. Organized by both the elementary schools and the Family Resource Youth Service Center, the goal of these one- to three-day programs is to have incoming kindergartners grow accustomed to the ins and outs of the school system.

“We’re doing activities to engage students into our rules and procedures of the school,” said Ward Elementary School Principal Terra Greer.

Hillsboro Elementary School and WES have taken to naming their jump start programs Kindergarten Boot Camps. Greer said some of the activities children will be involved in their three-day plan are demonstrations with Chrome Books, outdoor activities as well as visiting various parts of the school in order to become familiar with the location.

Greer says the boot camp is a great help to the students for when school will truly be in session. Both teachers and parents can see a difference.

“Usually after three days, they become accustomed to our standards and our procedures,” she said.

According to Greer, there is an expected 32 students to begin kindergarten this coming year with most of them already signed up for the boot camp.

Both HES and WES will begin their Kindergarten Boot Camps on July 30-Aug. 1 from 8-11:30 a.m. Flemingsburg Elementary School and Ewing Elementary School will have their jump start program on Aug. 3 from 8-11:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch for students will be provided by the schools.

For more information about the program, contact your respective elementary school via phone call.

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Jonathan Wright

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