COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN KICKS OFF SECOND EXCITING YEAR

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Incoming Fayette County Public School kindergarten students will once again have their summer calendars filled thanks to Countdown to Kindergarten. With the efforts of local organizations, any child registering to start kindergarten at a Fayette County School in August 2012 will be offered free and low cost activities to prepare them for their first day of school.
 
Countdown to Kindergarten is a program designed to highlight the importance of early childhood education for students and their families by providing local educational activities not offered before to local residents. 
 
Students who are registered at any one of Fayette County’s 34 elementary schools will receive a letter welcoming them to school and also explaining Countdown to Kindergarten. They will also receive a coupon for a free tee shirt which can be redeemed at any Lexington Public Library branch starting Tuesday, May 22. This tee shirt will be their ticket to any of events throughout the summer.
 
Almost every week throughout summer, children starting kindergarten in the fall and their families will be invited to participate in many different fun and educational events designed to start students on the right path of learning. 
 
Countdown to Kindergarten events will begin June 9 with Lexington Ballet Company’s “Dance to Kindergarten Workshop” and will continue all summer long with events offered by the following partners:
Explorium of Lexington
Lexington Ballet
Lexington Children’s Theatre
Lexington Legends
Lexington Parks and Recreation
Lexington Philharmonic
Lexington Public Library
Living Arts & Science Center
YMCA of Central Kentucky
Countdown to Kindergarten is spearheaded by PNC Foundation, Fayette County Public Schools, Child Care Council of Kentucky, and United Way of the Bluegrass. 
 
The importance of early childhood education is something each organization is very passionate about and knows that providing children with fun and educational activities will help promote the lifelong importance of education.
For a complete list of the activities offered all summer or to learn more information about Countdown to Kindergarten visit www.uwbg.org, www.fcps.net/kindergarten or www.childcarecouncilofky.com. 
 
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