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Twenty-five Teachers at 14 Elementary Schools Participate in 2019 Countdown to Kindergarten
The 2019 Countdown to Kindergarten kicked off with a meeting of teacher/home visitors on June 11. Beginning July 1 through August 15, kindergarten teachers will make six visits to the homes of participating students and families. Visits are hour-long sessions whereby children and families are introduced to actual materials used in kindergarten. Each child is given a Kindergarten Transition Toolkit which is a backpack filled with such educational items as books, puzzles, clay, blocks, and floor mats. The children will also visit and become familiar with their assigned kindergarten school and classroom. The program will target 80 at-risk children and their parents.
Teachers serving as home visitors this summer are: Kim Kirby, Tricia Harrison, and Allison Ammons, Anderson School District 1; Susan Cox and Robyn Crawford, Anderson School District 2; Kalee Urban, Hannah McLelland, and Dreama Sudduth, Anderson School District 3; Amy Comptom, Tanya Denny, Jennifer Crosby, Jennifer Jenkins, and Kathryn Price, Anderson School District 4; and Kendall Mauldin, Shelby Chstain, Cely Tate, Amanda Gladney, Verika Gambrell, Erin Stallo, Amanda Pearson, Lauren Vaughn, Nikki Ballew, Holly Bearden, Stacy Kubu, and Kinsley Parker, Anderson School District 5. Coordinators in each district are: Liz Wittebort, District 1, Allison Strickland, District 2, Tammy Vaughn, District 3, Charity Walker, District 4, and Tonna Marroni, District 5.
Many thanks to the five school districts which select participating children and parents and match the children with their assigned teachers. Additional information can be found on this website under the Programs tab.
Partnership Receives Grants from United Way and Preschool Development Program
Anderson County First Steps Partnership has been awarded $17,500 in grant funds from the United Way of Anderson County Community Impact Program and the Preschool Development Program through SC First Steps to expand the Countdown to Kindergarten summer program which begins on July 1. Eighty families have been selected to participate in this school transition program which has been recognized nationally for its effectiveness. Kindergarten teachers will make home visits to the families and connect children and families to the teachers with whom they will be working during the coming year.
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ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT 4 COMMUNITY iMPACT by Charity Walker
: "It was very unusual to have all seniors in our program this year. They all did well and are looking forward to getting their diplomas. One of our success stories from last year proved to be even more of a success this year. She has been so appreciative for what the staff has done for her and her son. He has thrived in this program. Mom continues to seek learning opportunities that will benefit her son. He is now taking swimming lessons at one year old. We applaud this teen, because it was not easy for her to keep good grades and fulfill her duties as a teen parent. She is planning to further her education this fall. We had made several attempts to enroll a teen parent in our program. Her family support system took care of her son as long as they could. When it was time for everyone to go back to work, her aunt came to South Fant to talk about enrolling the child. Mom was hesitant until she saw the kind of environment being offered. She turned out to be one of our best parents. They were here almost every day and on time. Mom and child attended monthly meetings and enjoyed the activities. After graduation they will move back to Georgia where mom intends to further her education. We wish the best for this family."