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Kindergarten readiness packet sent to Hawkins County families left out of pre-K

November 10th, 2013 9:57 pm by Jeff Bobo

Kindergarten readiness packet sent to Hawkins County families left out of pre-K

Nearly 100 Hawkins County families will be receiving a packet from the Hawkins County Schools’ Early Childhood Programs. Contributed photo.

ROGERSVILLE — Nearly 100 Hawkins County families will be receiving a packet from the Hawkins County Schools’ Early Childhood Programs.

Program director Kim Cassidy said the packet contains a kindergarten skills calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, as well as flash cards for the alphabet, numbers to 10, colors and color words, and shapes and shape words.

Cassidy noted that the program isn’t able to serve every child that is signed up for pre-K classes.

That’s why this year the program is focusing on outreach to those who may not have been able to get into a high-quality pre-K program.

“In our case, we had 98 families who applied for our program, but were not able to be served because of space,” Cassidy said. “Sometimes we have openings at one end of the county, but the family lives on the other end of the county, so transportation is an issue. Other classrooms, like Joseph Rogers Primary and Mount Carmel Elementary, always have an extensive waiting list for students.” 

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