Kindergarten Kick-Off

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
With the start of the new school year approaching, officials with the South-Western City Schools District welcomed incoming kindergarteners to Harmon Elementary for the third annual Kindergarten Kick-Off. According to Melvina Tobert, the district’s coordinator of state and federal programs, the mission of kick-off is to help the new students familiarize themselves with the layout of the elementary schools, learn lunch line protocols, and get a glimpse of what they will be learning in the classroom with hands-on numbers and literacy activities. Here, Kora Murton, a soon-to-be student at Highland Park, reaches for an apple in the cafeteria. Afterwards, she punched in the lunch number she has to memorize.
April Weese, the district’s curriculum coordinator, helps incoming Harmon student Leslie Trion with her numbers.
Incoming Richard Avenue student Anaquinn Underwood shows off the books she picked out during a trip to the school library. Kindergarteners who participated in the kick-off were allowed to choose between five to ten new books to read.
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