Kindergarten Countdown Prepares Avon’s Newest Learners for Success
An IU Health West Hospital Release
—Again this summer, children in Avon are getting a jump start on kindergarten, thanks to a collaboration aimed at helping at-risk preschoolers transition successfully into school.
Indiana University Health West Hospital and Avon Community School Corporation partnered to host "Kindergarten Countdown Camp" for the seventh year. This free, four week summer program is designed to build and strengthen a variety of skills children will need throughout their education.
"When it comes to a child's education, we recognize the importance of starting off on the right foot," said Doug Puckett, president of IU Health West Hospital. "The classroom should be a fun learning experience, and we're excited to bring that to these students."
Kindergarten Countdown offers students initial exposure to classroom etiquette, such as raising a hand to talk and standing in line. It also provides an introduction to phonetic awareness, letter and number recognition, shapes, colors and other important social and behavioral skills. Camps are held in kindergarten classrooms at Maple Elementary and taught by experienced kindergarten teachers.
"It is a blessing to give incoming students the chance to prepare and learn before entering kindergarten," said Kristin Prewitt, camp director and lead teacher. "We teach campers skills they'll use inside and outside the classroom."
Kindergarten Countdown begins May 30, and campers were pre-selected based on kindergarten readiness assessments conducted by the school district. The camp slots are allotted so that every school in the Avon Community School Corporation has incoming kindergarteners participating.
IU Health West Hospital recognizes the importance of education in the future of healthcare and the community, and that's why IU Health West employees are pledging more than 150 volunteer hours during the camp's four weeks. IU Health West volunteers will help teachers with basic classroom activities such as reading, facilitating small group discussion, preparing materials for upcoming camp projects and spending individual time with children who may need more assistance acclimating to the classroom.
In addition to volunteering, IU Health West Hospital will provide a book to every child, every day, so that by the end of the program campers have a 20-book library as they enter kindergarten.