The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

April 9, 2014

United Way program helps introduce youngsters to kindergarten

Events continue through April at area schools

ANDERSON — The roundups have been held at most Madison County schools, now Blast Off to Kindergarten events are underway.

The annual program helps introduce youngsters who will start kindergarten in the fall to the schools they will attend, said Lynn Silvey, coordinator of the Born Learning Connection, a United Way of Madison County program.

“This is our seventh year for Blast Off to Kindergarten,” she said. “The idea is to connect with families who will be enrolling and provide parents with support, tools and ideas to work on during the summer to get their little ones ready for kindergarten.

The blast-off events, which are being held at schools throughout the county this month, include classroom visits, bus rides, games and snacks. In addition, the children each receive their own backpack with books and supplies to use over the summer, Silvey said.

The program kicked off Tuesday at Killbuck Kindergarten Extension.

“It was very well attended,” said Sharon Buchanan, principal of the school. “I know that in our kindergarten roundup we had 83 students. Maybe 50 families showed up (Tuesday) so that was pretty good.”

Latasha Denny, who served as a parent volunteer at Killbuck, said her two children participated in the program when they were getting ready to start school several years ago.

“This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers and look around the school,” she said. “It just eases the parent’s and the child’s anxiety about the first day of kindergarten.”

About 30 families gathered at Tenth Street Elementary on Wednesday for the program.

Among them was Alawna Shannon who’s “5 going on 55,” according to her grandmother, Connie Bell.

When asked what was in the backpack she was handed after signing in, Alawna quickly turned away. “I’m not going to show you yet,” she said. She relented a moment later, though, pulling out a white erasure board, a bookmark and other items.

Text Only
Local Education
  • ACS incumbents facing election challenge Most incumbents seeking re-election to various school boards in Madison County will be facing challengers in the November 4 general election.

    August 22, 2014

  • NWS - HB0822 - AU move in - 021 Rainy move-in doesn't dampen freshman spirit

    In the 14 years he's taken part in freshmen move-in day, Stu Erny, director of Campus Ministries and International Student Services at Anderson University, said this is the first time the weather has been unpleasant.

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0820 - Anderson Christian-SH-1 Anderson Christian School finds new home at local church

    After months of uncertainty, Anderson Christian School has found a new home at Southern Heights Christian Church, and classes will begin on Sept. 8, Tom Snell, school administrator, said on Tuesday.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0820 - Kennedy Google- JC 2 Google X captures heart, imagination of AU professor After spending the summer working at Google's secret research laboratory in Mountain View, California, Scott Kennedy has decided to stay.

    August 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0819 - Young Eagles-file Youth can fly free Saturday

    Kids can fly free again at this year's special airplane rides Saturday at Anderson Municipal Airport.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grant intended to lift college completion for 21st Century Scholars Fall classes at Ivy Tech Community College aren't set to begin for another week, but "college success coaches" from a company called InsideTrack are already contacting 21st Century Scholars to help them transition from high school to college.

    August 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0817 - Alex library Alexandria library growing When Alexandria-Monroe Public Library Director Montie Manning was getting ready to ask the city council to appropriate funds for a construction project, he decided to give the council some statistics. What he found in those numbers surprised him.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0817 - Book Nook - 22 Helping Madison County in the Book Nook

    With its warm lights, comfy chairs and jigsaw puzzles in frames on full display, the Book Nook is an inviting place to discover faraway lands, new worlds and dig into a character’s deepest thoughts.

    August 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Elwood schools election won't change this year

    There will be no changes this election cycle in how the members of the Elwood Community Schools board of trustees are elected.

    August 15, 2014

  • ACS board members seek re-election Three of four incumbent members of the Anderson Community Schools Board of Trustees have filed seeking another term of office.

    August 14, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide