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2006 Media Releases


Date:
July 20, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, 441-8565
Sue Carraher, Lincoln Children’s Museum, 477-0128
Mary Kay Roth, LPS Communications, 436-1000
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547


KINDERGARTEN KICKOFF CELEBRATES BEGINNING OF EDUCATIONAL CAREERS
City, LPS, Children’s Museum Collaborate on Fourth 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 fourth 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 is a time of exploration, growth and learning for our children,” said Susan Gourley, Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools. “It is a time of strong partnership between teachers and parents.” Gourley believes events such as the annual Kindergarten Kickoff help educate the public about the importance of this first year of school. “This city-wide occasion brings our community together – our children, families, educators and community leaders – to honor a significant milestone in student lives,” said Gourley. “This moment underlines the truth that it does indeed take an entire community to support public education.”

In the 2005-2006 school year, LPS broke the previous year’s record with 2,700 kindergartners, the largest kindergarten class ever. “Research shows that early childhood experiences can have a positive impact on the entire life of a child,” said Gourley. “Our community has great pride in its public school system. Lincoln Public Schools takes our responsibility and commitment seriously. We work hard each and every day to meet your expectations and standards for excellence.”

All children registered to attend kindergarten in Lincoln 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, and their family members, 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 7 through Thursday, August 10. At the Lincoln Children’s Museum celebrations, all incoming kindergartners will receive a free book, “The Little Engine That Could.”

Community leaders, kindergarten teachers and administrators will be in attendance each night at the museum. Gourley and Mayor Coleen J. Seng have been invited to appear at each event. The Mayor has attended every Kindergarten Kickoff celebration at the Children’s Museum and said she is looking forward to meeting the City’s newest students.

“Kindergarten is a magical time for our children, and this celebration recognizes this big step they are taking in their lives,” said Mayor Seng. “The Lincoln Public School system plays an enormous role in the high quality of life we have in this community. The top-notch education we provide for our students has always been one of the biggest drawing cards for corporations and families that are considering a move to Lincoln.”

The annual Kindergarten Kickoff celebration continues to grow in popularity. The number of students attending increased from 1,012 in 2004 to 1,129 in 2005. About 4,000 people attended in 2005 compared to 3,460 in 2004.

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

Monday, Aug. 7 Tuesday, Aug. 8 Wednesday, Aug. 9 Thursday, Aug. 10
Holmes
Huntington
Morley
Norwood Park
Pershing
Kahoa
Brownell
Meadow Lane
Hawthorne
Eastridge
Pyrtle
Helen Hyatt
Parkview
Lincoln Christian
TICCC
Randolph
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 American Martyrs


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