Volunteers build thousands of Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits
Posted on 01.25.2017, Wednesday

Over the past several months, our wonderful community volunteers have built 2,500 Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits for rising kindergartners in Durham! Students from the Duke Community Service Center and Durham Technical Community College, as well as employees at Duke Fuqua School of Business, Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Duke Regional Hospital, all participated in service days and assembled school readiness materials for the Kits, a key part of our Transition to Kindergarten (TTK) Initiative.

The Kits are an interactive tool that help children and parents prepare for the transition to kindergarten together. Each one contains bilingual items that promote early literacy, enhance emotional and fine motor development, and prompt creativity. So far, Kits have been delivered to Durham Head Start and the Durham Public Schools ESL Resource Office. Remaining Kits will be distributed to NC Pre-K students, during the upcoming Kindergarten Registration Week (March 25-31), and at other transition events throughout the spring and summer. We work hard to make sure these Kits are distributed to children who can benefit most from the school readiness materials.

Providing these Kits to rising kindergartners would not be possible without the hard work and enthusiasm of our awesome volunteers. Thank you for helping us make sure all children in Durham enter school ready to succeed!




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