Kiwanis Club Donation Supports Kindergarten Orientation Program

At the February 27 Board of Education meeting, Peter Moore, vice-president of the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club, presented Board President Victor Jenkins with a donation of $3,500 for the District’s READy for Kindergarten Program. The club has been donating to the program since it began about eight years ago at Palmer Elementary School under the direction of retired principal Steven Frey. Due to the support of the Kiwanis Club and the elementary schools’ PTAs, the District has expanded the program to include all five elementary schools.
READy for Kindergarten is designed to familiarize children with various kindergarten activities, their teachers, and the school they will be attending in the fall. Children spend time at their school with their parents at three different sessions before the start of the school year. The program is designed to help ease the transition to school by creating a connection between the school community and the families of the future kindergartners. The program also provides parents with a variety of reading and other learning activities that they can do with their children at home to prepare for school. The Kiwanis Club donation, as well as support from each school’s PTA, will provide each participating student with a complimentary book, Get READy for Kindergarten supplies and activities, and snacks.
Kiwanis Vice-President Peter Moore, who is also a teacher at Reynolds Elementary School, said that the club’s mission is to aid children, so the donation to READy for Kindergarten is a wise use of its resources. “This donation has the potential to have an effect on every student entering the Baldwinsville Central School system,” he commented.
Additionally, the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club donates six $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors each year. The recipients are announced at Baker High School’s annual Moving Up Day in May.
“We offer funds as children begin their educational journey, when they complete it at the high school level, and at many points in between,” Moore said. “We are honored to be part of this wonderful community, and fortunate to be in the position to help so many of its youth.”

Last updated on 2/28/2017