August 17, 2021
Forty five students in the incoming Struthers kindergarten class have stepped into the classroom early as part of the United Way Success By 6 program.
The three week program helps new students become familiar with classroom routines, learn school and teacher expectations, and practice some of the academic curriculum before beginning kindergarten at the end of the month.
Students engaged in activities and tasks that touched upon literacy, with rhyming and letter recognition. They practiced math, with counting, grouping and shapes. The group also engaged in activities to grow their social and emotional learning.
The incoming students also learned the simple respectful, responsible and positive behaviors that are expected in the classroom, hallway and lunch. These expectations are displayed throughout the building as part of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program, which received a Bronze award in 2020 for the implementation of the positive behavioral expectations across the building.
“The United Way program is so beneficial for our kindergarten parents and students as they prepare for the most important year of their education,” says Joan Jones, Struthers Elementary School Assistant Principal. “As the children acclimate to the building and our routines, they come in ready to learn when we begin school.”
The Success By 6 program is generously sponsored by The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. The United Way continues its support of Struthers families throughout the school year with its Success After 6 program.
“We’re thankful for the support of the United Way in helping set children up for success in their education,” says Jones. “This sets a positive tone and creates a great foundation as they start their journey here at SES.”