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Program preps Struthers kids for kindergarten

Published: Fri, August 16, 2013 @ 12:01 a.m.


Jake Cracraft seems unaffected by this kiss from Nadeah Reese during a graduation celebration from the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s Success by Six program at Struthers Elementary School. The ceremony was Thursday. The program prepares children for kindergarten.




A representative from the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley presented a nutrition tracker to the parents of children in the Success by Six program at Struthers Elementary School.

Success by Six is a four-week summer program for children entering kindergarten meant to give them a head start. The program, funded by the United Way, includes a morning of

instruction from a licensed, certified teacher, busing to and from school, breakfast and lunch.

To begin Thursday’s presentation, the Success by Six participants walked into the cafeteria and onto the stage, following their teachers and singing a song.

“You saw your little ones up on the stage. They came down the hall,” said Kathy Mock, director of education and initiatives at United Way. “They know their school already. That’s part of this program.”

The children sang songs about the days of the week, the months of the year and the weather.

“Those are things they need to know,” Mock said. “So they are learning through song, and it’s fun.”

Mock gave the parent of each child a backpack with a nutrition tracker.

The “An Apple a Day” tracker is intended to promote a healthy diet in children age 2 to 8.

“It’s so very important that our children are healthy,” Mock said. “If they’re healthy, they’ll do oh so much better in school.”

The tool includes a series of windows that can be closed when a child eats a fruit or vegetable or other snack.

“So, by the end of the day, what you want to do is close up all those little windows and you’ll know that your child has had a good, healthy, nutritional day,” Mock said.

She also gave each a “Ready, Set, Grow” calendar the United Way developed in partnership with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. The calendar provides activities, such as practicing phone number and address, to do with children on a daily basis.

The program is very good, said Erica Miner of Struthers. Her daughter, Baylee Miner, 5, participated in the program.

“It gets them ready for school,” Miner said. “They ride the bus. They have lunch. They do homework, which the other kids who haven’t done it won’t want to do as much because they don’t know what they’re doing.”

The nutrition tracker will be helpful, she added.

“[Y]ou actually pay attention to what your kids are eating rather than just letting them have whatever they want,” she said.

Baylee said she enjoyed the four-week program. Her favorite part was singing the days-of-the-week song.


1gingerspice(142 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The picture is PRICELESS!!!!!!

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2isaac45(412 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

yep, classic

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3janeyblue3(85 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Don't parents do anything ? I knew this stuff and more by the time I was four. The same with my son. What a lazy generation.

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4Cubbies(37 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

We have too many parents these days who like the idea of having children, but don't like the idea of having to raise children.

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5walter_sobchak(2716 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

It is all part of the nanny state; one more extension of Hillary Clinton's "It Takes a Village" nonsense. I have to agree with janeyblue on this. This stuff should already have been taught to the children by this time by their parents. Instead, they rely on government schools with the threat that you are just taking it out on the children! Can't blame them! I would also abolish Headstart because, when viewed on an educational and financial metric, it is nothing but a babysitting service so that mommy and daddy can disegard their responsibility to their kids when they bring them into the world.

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6Gemini524(1 comment)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

shame on u for thinking this way i wish i had this for my oldest i have taught her this but have u a kid in school these days they are learning things so early and quickly my oldest cant keep up fractions in 2nd grade algabra by 4th. yes there are some that dont but dont generalize it for everybody

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