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Kindergartners get Smart Beginnings

First day of kindergarten can be frightening for young children, meeting new people, starting something new that they’re not use to, but a little excitement never hurt. Last Wednesday Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area partnered with King George county schools and welcomed kindergartners and parents for their first orientation to meet their teachers.
Many volunteers along with the King George High School cheerleading squad, marching band, the King George fire department and Sheriff’s Office, lined the main hallway of King George Elementary. Every time a new kindergartener came through the front door the children were given a Ready Freddy t-shirt and a Ready Freddy sticker.

This was the first time Smart Beginnings has done this and it was a huge success. It meant a lot to the students, just seeing their little stunned faces, but it also meant a lot to the parents as well. First time kindergarten parent

Maggie Meodina was asked how she liked the hallway full of very spirited people? Her response was, “It was awesome, I felt like a rock star.” Her daughter Emma agreed, with a very big head nod and smile.

Elementary schools that actively involve parents in positive communication and activities can set the stage for many young eager learners. That was the goal for Smart Beginnings - to show the parents that they have nothing to worry about with their children, and show the children that they have no reason to be scared.

School Board member John Davis stated, “Smart Beginnings is a great program. Starting kindergarten starts a new chapter in their lives, this is just one more way of showing togetherness in the community and hopefully we can expand this to other elementary schools.” Davis couldn’t have said better, this year was a huge success but then again this year is only the beginning.

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