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2007 Media Releases


Date:
July 18, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, 441-8565
Darren Macfee, Lincoln Children’s Museum, 477-0128
Aaron Babcock, LPS Communications, 436-1000


KINDERGARTEN KICKOFF CELEBRATES BEGINNING OF EDUCATIONAL CAREERS
City, LPS, Children’s Museum Collaborate on Fifth Annual Event

Local children entering kindergarten next month will again have an opportunity to celebrate the beginning of their school years with the Kindergarten Kickoff. The fifth annual city-wide celebration is made possible through a unique partnership among the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS), the Lincoln Children’s Museum, Lincoln City Libraries and the City of Lincoln.

“Kindergarten Kickoff is a celebration,” said Dr. Susan Gourley, LPS Superintendent. “Kindergarten is a special time of excitement and wonderment for the child, a milestone for the families, and new opportunities for the caring and dedicated teachers of LPS who take most seriously their responsibility of making each child’s first educational experience a positive one. A strong first year of school establishes a basis for learning for a lifetime. In this year’s class of kindergarten students, an artist, a future mayor, a medical doctor, a health care provider, a teacher and a business leader will emerge.”

Kindergarten Kickoff also supports Lincoln children as they make the transition from home to school. Gourley noted that LPS again will set a record for kindergarten enrollment this year. “We will welcome nearly 2,700 kindergartners this year, and we appreciate and value the community’s support for our children as they begin their school experience.”

All children registered to attend kindergarten in Lincoln public and private schools this fall were mailed an invitation encouraging them to visit a Lincoln City Library, register for their very own library card and receive a free Kindergarten Kickoff tee shirt. Kindergartners wearing their tee shirts will be admitted free to the Children’s Museum, 1420 “P” Street, for one of four scheduled celebrations (see attached schedule) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 6 through Thursday, August 9. Family members are encouraged to attend and will receive free admission. At the Lincoln Children’s Museum celebrations, all incoming kindergartners will receive a free book, “Max and Ruby Play School” by Rosemary Wells.

The annual Kindergarten Kickoff celebration continues to grow in popularity. Although the number of kindergarten students attending decreased slightly from 2005 to 2006, the overall attendance, including parents and family members, increased from 3,997 in 2005 to 5,063 in 2006.

Those wanting additional information on the Kindergarten Kickoff can call Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, at 441-8565, or visit the City Library Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: library).

Kindergarten Kickoff Celebration Schedule
5:30 to 8 p.m., Lincoln Children’s Museum

Monday, Aug. 6 Tuesday, Aug. 7 Wednesday, Aug. 8 Thursday, Aug. 9
Holmes
Huntington
Morley
Norwood Park
Pershing
Kahoa
Brownell
Meadow Lane
Hawthorne
Eastridge
Pyrtle
Randolph
Parkview
Lincoln Christian
Trinity (TICCC)
Elliott
Riley
Roper
Prescott
Beattie
Hill
Cavett
Everett
Lakeview
Clinton
Blessed Sacrament
St. John
St. Patrick
Sacred Heart
St. Mary
Campbell
Hartley
Humann
Calvert
Zeman
Maxey
Rousseau
St. Joseph
St. Peter
St. Teresa
Cathedral
Children’s Circle
Lincoln Montessori
Montessori School
Child’s View
Home Schools
Saratoga
Sheridan
Arnold
Fredstrom
West Lincoln
Belmont
McPhee
Messiah Lutheran
Christ Lutheran
Faith Lutheran
Trinity Lutheran
St. Mark Lutheran
Good Shepherd Lutheran
North Am. Martyrs
Helen Hyatt


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