WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Kindergartners are getting a taste of the new school year by participating in Kindergarten Countdown Camp.
With the first day of school just around the corner, soon-to-be kindergartners are preparing for their next steps in life.
Kindergarten Countdown Camp allows pre-kindergartners to get a head start on the school year.
IU Health White Memorial Hospital, White County United Way and North White School Corporation have all come together to make this camp possible.
It is a four-week program to help kids adjust to a new schedule.
"Studies have shown that education leads to better health," Kindergarten teacher Sarah Batcheldor said. "So we identified this project as an opportunity to reach the kid at an early level, prior of going to kindergarten."
This is the second year the camp has run at the library in North White Primary School.
Batcheldor is in charge of the educational activities.
Batcheldor says it is helps kids learn the rules of the classroom before the school year begins.
"We do literacy centers every day, where they have six different stations that they go to doing different literacy activities," Batcheldor said. "And we have the privilege this year to use iPads as one of the technology centers."
There are 15 students attending the Kindergarten Countdown Camp this year. They receive a backpack, school supplies, and a healthy snack once a day for being involved.
According to Batcheldor, the kids are having fun and are showing improvement after only one week.
"It is a lot of fun to see them blossom in the things that they learn in such a short amount of time.
Kindergarten Countdown Camp started July 8 and will last through Aug. 2.
Kids show up Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 11:30 in the morning during the four week period.
IU Health White Memorial Hospital and United Way hope to expand this program to other White County Schools.
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