The Kindergarten Countdown program held at the Knox Elementary School in June was a success this year.
Twenty children received an early education before they enter Kindergarten this fall. Students who attend preschool often obtain better scores on tests, have better social skills and are more understanding of routines than those who do not attend a preschool program.
The camp ran four days a week for three weeks in June for three hours. The students learned nursery rhymes, numbers and letters and participated in hands-on activity to develop motor skills.
This experience also helps children transition into kindergarten.
The program was funded by a grant from IU Health via the Indiana Association of United Ways. The cost to run the camp is upwards of $6,500 which covers the cost of a teacher, an assistant, transportation and breakfast and lunch.
The camp was also made possible by the Starke United Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation and the Starke County Community Foundation.