• Kindergartners go to school before classes begin


    HIGHLAND PARK, Pa. - Key Anna Robinson is a little nervous.

    She’s making a big move – into kindergarten.

    “Yes, very nervous because the school's big. There are lockers, the kids, so probably excitement and a little bit nervous,” said her mother Keya Warren.

    Many kindergartners have never been away from home or are in school for the first time.

    That is why about a dozen children at Fulton Elementary in Highland Park are here before classes actually begin.

    “For social interaction, for students to be able to get used to their teachers and knowing who their teacher is when they come into the school,” said principal Karen Arnold.

    Arnold said this is the first year that the Pittsburgh School District had held “kindergarten camp.”

    It is two days of math and reading.

    The students rotate through different activities, all designed to help ease them into what could be their first experience in a school setting.

    “We just have to work through those different experiences and help those students and those parents be able to navigate kindergarten so it's the best experience for them,” said Arnold.

    The camp is like a practice run, getting kids familiar with their new surroundings.

    Parents also spend time learning about their responsibilities, like the dress code and homework expectations.

    “I talked to a few teachers today.  I like the atmosphere.  I learned that they got a good curriculum,” Warren told Channel 11.

    Her daughter will see a lot of new faces which is why this program is considered so valuable, making sure a child’s first impression with their education is a good one. 

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