MARTIN – May Valley Elementary continues its effort to arm the community with knowledge. Parents and others are encouraged to join May Valley Elementary as it presents a program on Routines and Learning on the Go! Thursday, April 14 at 5 p.m. Childcare is provided and older siblings are welcome. View various forms of transportation (helicopter, ATV, dump trucks, and cars) and learn about car seat safety from the state police and four wheeler safety from Honda of Prestonsburg. A helicopter and a pilot will be available for photographs. A free dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. The free parent and child workshops will begin at 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Door prizes will be given at random. This program is part of the United Way Born Learning Academy.
The Born Learning Academy was developed in the 2009-2010 school year. The program is a school-based workshop series that teaches parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to five years of age how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities. The workshop series aims to give these children the tools they need to achieve success when enrolling in school and beyond.
Toyota Manufacturing Operations has invested over $1 million through 2016 by providing funding to the United Way of Kentucky to expand the Born Learning Academies. May Valley is one of 10 schools in Kentucky to offer the Born Learning Academy Workshops.
According to the Kentucky Board of Education, only one in four Kentucky children is prepared for Kindergarten.
Connecting children to formative experiences in their early years is vital to future success. Children who are not prepared for kindergarten start out at a disadvantage and, without intervention, may continue to lag behind. According to a 2011 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school than those who read at a proficient level.
May Valley offers the United Way Born Learning Academy through their Family Resource Center. Center Director Teresa Clay encourages moms, dads, grandparents and all caregivers to take advantage of the information presented in this workshop series.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.