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Louisville launches program designed to prepare students for kindergarten

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Mayor Greg Fischer and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens were on hand Thursday as Kindergarten Countdown 2015 was launched at Cochran Elementary School. Mayor Greg Fischer and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens were on hand Thursday as Kindergarten Countdown 2015 was launched at Cochran Elementary School.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Friday is the last day of school for most JCPS students, and some children are already counting down the days to the next school year.

It is all part of Kindergarten Countdown 2015. That means it will be a working summer break for hundreds of JCPS students.

The program helps students who will be attending local elementary schools transition into kindergarten in the fall.

"I am excited because she is very smart. And she loves learning," said Toya Ross, Parent.

Ross says her 4-year old Alexis will be working hard this summer.

"From head start to kindergarten there are going to be big changes," said Ross.

That's why the Ross family was at Cochran Elementary School on Thursday morning...for the launch of Kindergarten Countdown 2015.

"So we got to get everybody ready for kindergarten next year; too many kids show up in kindergarten not quite ready...but I know that's not going to be the case with you guys," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Mayor Fischer and Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens talked to parents, teachers and future kindergartners about Countdown.

Dr. Donna Hargens said, "So countdown means there are certain number of days left and we are excited that you're going to be kindergartners, but you know what you can do? You can use everyday to get ready."

And that's how the program works, during the summer break students and parents are able to participate in events that keep them active and learning.

"We know that there's a lot of learning loss in the summer so we need to keep our kids active and engaged," said Dr. Hargens.

Dr. Hargens explained countdown does that by offering educational events that help students avoid learning gaps.

She said, "The gap starts way before kindergarten so what you want is that every child comes to kindergarten ready."

To register, just stop by any Louisville Free public library and pick up an I'm going to kindergarten t-shirt which will also be your ticket into events throughout the city.

"Like the YMCA's CALYPSO COVE or the Muhammad Ali Center or the Louisville Zoo or the Louisville Science Center," said Lisa Sizemore, Louisville Free Public Library.

It is going to be a busy summer, but Toya Ross said it will be worth it.

"Because she will get more skills and she can keep up with the momentum."

The countdown is an annual program and free for any student entering kindergarten in the fall.

There's more information about countdown events right here on the button.

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