More than 100 TSC students will be entering kindergarten more confident and prepared for the classroom thanks to Kindergarten Countdown. The free, half-day program, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Lafayette, is held in June at several schools in the area including Woodland and Burnett Creek elementary schools.
Most of the students who participated had little or no preschool experience, but by the end of the 3-week camp they made great gains academically, such as writing their names and counting.
"Some students also make gains socially. They learn how to share items, wait their turn and how to make friends," says TSC teacher Lisa Merryman. "Each child takes a little something different away from camp, but the most important thing is learning school routines and procedures."
United Way Director of Community Impact Amy O'Shea says "Kindergarten readiness is critical for a child's success, and we are proud to provide this program in order to give children an opportunity to start school ready to succeed."