1st Source donates $12,000 for Kinder Kamp Program in Valparaiso and Portage
1st Source Bank has donated $12,000 to the United Way of Porter County to assist their pilot "Kinder Kamp" program to prepare children entering into kindergarten this fall with the skills they need to be successful. Kinder Kamp is being provided at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Valparaiso and at Myers Elementary in Portage.
“Some of our kids come to their first day of school not ready. It’s not just knowing the alphabet, but also the ability to line up and follow a schedule and to sit still and listen and follow directions.” said David Muniz, Principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. “The beautiful component is that the Kinder Kamps will be taught by kindergarten teachers using the curriculum already being used in the schools,” said Kim Olesker, Regional Director for United for Children, a United Way Collaborative Initiative.
Reading is a strong component of the Kinder Kamps. Leveraging a strong relationship with Scholastic, the 1st Source grant allowed for books to be purchased so that the students can bring books home for their personal library and backpacks to start their year off correctly.
“Reading is so fundamental to a child’s success in school. Verbal, cognitive, and imaginative skills build with each book read,” states Sharon Kish, President, United Way of Porter County. “There is nothing more important than getting the kids off to a great start.”