KITS needs you to join our Black Board Friday Revolution! Your generosity and strong sense of community will make Black Friday more than just a day to buy stuff. On Black Board Friday you can make it possible for kids in your community to start kindergarten prepared socially, emotionally, and academically.
Kids across Lane County have gained a strong advantage and are entering kindergarten prepared, because they have attended the KITS Summer Program. Teachers are amazed at the skills KITS kids display on the first day of school! Crow-Applegate-Lorane Kindergarten teacher Nicole exclaims, “We hit the ground running! So many kids were involved in KITS that they just helped pull the other kiddos up by their bootstraps, and it’s like ‘this is how we do it’!”
Kristi and Raylen–
Kristi, a first-time parent from Bohemia Elementary was concerned because her son suffered from separation anxiety and was terribly shy. She had been dreading kindergarten for months. Then she heard about KITS. She was hopeful and her hope paid off. With solid direction and encouragement of his KITS teachers, it did not take Raylen long to gain confidence and begin making friends. The combination of the KITS classroom and the parent group provided the opportunity for Kristi and Raylen to learn new skills that would make their school year successful. When she dropped him off the first day of school Raylen hesitated slightly, his eyes held a couple of tears because mom was going to leave. But, he knew he wanted to be there! She knew he wanted to be there! Raylen walked into his classroom prepared. Kristi had thought she would be sad watching him enter his first day of school, but she was not. This was a SUCCESS! She did not shed one tear. Raylen would be more than okay.
Joshua and Alzada–
Single dad, Joshua, in the Bethel School District was concerned about his daughter’s academic preparedness and emotional reactions in a new school environment. She had not been to preschool and was not used to being in a classroom situation. Alzada was excited, anticipating the start of school and the chance to be with other kids. But, dad seriously wondered about her ability to switch from a fun activity to a less fun activity. Would she have an epic meltdown in the middle of class? They needed a plan and KITS became Dad’s answer to that need. Alzada learned crucial social, emotional, and academic skills in her class, while Joshua learned skills that he felt were imperative during parent group—skills like how to communicate with his daughter more effectively and how to help her with transitions. A life saver for Joshua was learning the ten second rule; the idea of giving your child a direction and then waiting ten seconds for them to switch gears and do what they are asked. By KITS Graduation Day, the communication between this dad and daughter was stronger and healthier, and they both were enjoying great success!
Join our Black Board Friday Revolution today by creating a new tradition. Donate to Kids In Transition to School as one of your holiday gift purchases. When you give to KITS you help kids like Raylen and Alzada gain the opportunity to start their educational career socially, emotionally, and academically prepared!