Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) in conjunction with St. Leo Catholic School provided a Kindergarten Readiness Program for the fifth consecutive year. The program is offered to any incoming kindergarten student enrolled at St. Leo Catholic School. DCI appreciates the ongoing support of Mrs. Detwiler, Principal, and Mrs. Sobieski, Kindergarten Teacher.
Deborah Freeburg, LIFE Program Caseworker, facilitated the program along with Taylor Freeburg, SMAHS student, employed through North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development. A total of 5 students were enrolled in the program which lasted for three days from 9-12pm. The students were acclimated to their school, shown the routine of their school day, music, physical education, religion, and art. The program also included activities geared to promote fine and gross motor skill development, literacy, letters, numbers, sign language, peer interactions, social skills, and school rules.
Dickinson Center, Inc. Literacy Express brought Clifford, The Big Red Dog, to encourage reading and early literacy. Each child was presented with a complementary book.
The students concluded the program with a Moving-On to Kindergarten Ceremony. The students performed songs that they learned throughout the program. This Little Light of Mine was also taught using sign language. Following the ceremony, the children had a reception in honor of their accomplishments, and family attended to wish them well as they are off to kindergarten.