Volunteer for Kindergarten Countdown Camp!

Now is the time to get involved with the Kindergarten Countdown Camp! This is a fun and educational summer program that prepares children with little to no preschool experience to enter kindergarten at no cost to parents.

Over four weeks, campers attend a half-day class, eat a free healthy breakfast or lunch, and receive a free book bag with school supplies. During activities, children gain several skills including learning the alphabet and writing their names. Campers also socialize and become comfortable with the school routine, making the transition to a full-day kindergarten class easier. Most of the camps begin on June 4, 2018. Families are encouraged to sign their students up early.

Volunteers are needed to work with the licensed camp teachers, who are typically the kindergarten teachers from their respective schools. There are eleven classrooms at nine different schools in the Tippecanoe School Corporation (three week-long camp) and Lafayette School Corporation (four week-long camp.)

Duties vary within each classroom as volunteers not only help with games and activities, but also assist with the development of the children. Volunteers support students learning to write their name, recognize letters and numbers, read books, and site words.  Volunteers are typically scheduled a shift from 9-11am and are expected to commit to a day each week.

United Way Community Impact Associate Ashley Biesemeier said, “It is a great opportunity for the community to get involved in our schools and help incoming kindergarteners be ready to learn by the start of school.”

For more information on signing up for Kindergarten Countdown Camp or becoming a volunteer, please click here or contact Ashley Biesemeier at abiesemeier@uw.lafayette.in.us or call 765-742-9077 ext. 233


Writer: Lorri Foster, PR & Marketing Committee