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Countdown to Kindergarten

countdown to kinderThe Colleton County Library was alive with laughter as students and families celebrated a successful summer with participating kindergarten teachers from across the district. The atmosphere was one of family. The group of students, parents, and teachers interacted as if they had known each other for years and not just a few weeks.

Students began the celebration by checking in and meeting with their teacher. Next, the children were able to play games such as ring toss, ball toss, the parachute game, pick up ducks, and basketball toss. While playing the carnival style games the students won school supplies like glue, markers, paints, pencils, erasers, and books. The cougar from Colleton County High School even came and participated in the activities. He also took his picture with each child who came to the celebration. Midway through the party the group settled down for story time as they were read some very cute and interactive stories that they really seemed to enjoy. Pizza was served to the crowd for lunch and each child was sent home with a bag of books compliments of First Steps.

Azarion Hollman enjoys his lunch with his teacher Alicia Rouse.   Photos by Christie Slocum

Azarion Hollman enjoys his lunch with his teacher Alicia Rouse.
Photos by Christie Slocum

Countdown to Kindergarten is a unique program sponsored by Colleton County First Steps. The program allows rising kindergarten students to be paired with their kindergarten teacher the summer before they enter five-year-old kindergarten. The student and teacher then get to know each other before they are placed into a classroom environment together. Alicia Rouse, kindergarten teacher at Hendersonville Elementary School, participated in this program for the first time this summer. “I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed working with my students and their parents. It helped me see where my students were academically and will help me better help them in the classroom this year,” said Rouse. Parent feedback on the program was also very positive. Tiffany Risher has a rising kindergarten student who was part of the program this year. Risher said, “This is a good program. It let me know what to expect for the school year and I feel like it better prepared me to be able to help my child be on the level she needs to be on.” First Steps was able to serve twenty-six students this year. Teachers made five home visits. During each visit, a different lesson was taught in reading, math, science, and social studies. Azarion Hollman, age 5, is really excited about starting school next week. He loves to read and likes letters. Hollman said “It was cool when Mrs. Rouse came to my house this summer.”

Cindy Dickerson, Executive Director of First Steps, was very pleased with this summer’s program. For more information on the Countdown to Kindergarten program you can contact Cindy Dickerson at 843-542-9494 or by email at cdickerson@scfirststeps.org.


Christie Slocum (545 Posts)