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CARES Promotes School Readiness
Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month


CARES Promotes School Readiness

As many teachers and children countdown to the end of this school year, Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) is looking ahead to next year. Nearly 600 youngsters in the county will start school for the first time in the fall of 2008. CARES, area school districts, early learning practitioners, and volunteers who make up the CARES School Readiness Action Team are working once again to ease those first year jitters.

This spring, every family in Susquehanna County who registers a youngster for school next year will go home with a “School Readiness Backpack.” The clear pack is just the right size for a 4, 5 or 6 year old. Inside, parents will find a tool guide with suggestions on preparing their child for school, a book titled “Countdown to the First Day of School” to read with their child, and a music CD of original tunes designed to help in school preparation.

This is the second year of the backpack distribution through each of the six school districts that serve Susquehanna County. Last year’s pilot program received rave reviews from families who found the materials helpful in getting their children ready for the start of class. Studies show children who are ready to learn by the time they start kindergarten have a better chance of success later in life.

Along with the materials, CARES is also coordinating a special summer camp for families with children who may need an extra boost before starting school. T.A.P.S., or Transition Activities for Parents and Students, will kick off in June. The three-week program will focus not only on children, but their parents as well. Parents will learn some teaching techniques while also enjoying time with their school bound youngster. Susquehanna Community Elementary School will be the host location for this pilot project.

CARES is dedicated to enhancing the quality of early education in Susquehanna County. The agency promotes Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children because every child is Pennsylvania’s future.

For more information on the School Readiness Backpack Project or T.A.P.S, contact Susquehanna County CARES at (570) 465-5040 or via e-mail at

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Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month

Mr. Charles Pirone, Elementary Principal of the Elk Lake School is pleased to announce the February, 2008 Student of the Month award winners.

Pictured (l-r) are: first row – Tanner Reyan, Rebekah Oakes, Haley Skinner, Hailey Bomboy, Chris Cook. Ashley Turner, Sean Acker; second row – Damion Rugar, Hope Hubert, Taylour Sherman, Justine Wadlington, Kelly Darling, Eddie Voorhees.

Students in fifth and sixth grades were selected by their homeroom teachers. Students may be selected as student of the month from four different areas. Those four areas are academic achievement, attendance, citizenship and most improved.

Elk Lake is proud of their students and congratulates them for their accomplishments.

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