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KSE teachers meet incoming first-graders

Amanda Holt MillerWestern Garfield County Staff
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson W/ AHM story Academic coach Deneen Bell, right, presents Connor, left, and Colton Tooker with a back-to-school packet as their mom, Jane, looks on Wednesday morning in New Castle. Teachers from Kathryn Senor Elementary School split into groups and visited incoming first-graders at their homes with school information and new books.

NEW CASTLE – It may have been raining Wednesday morning, but the teachers at Kathryn Senor Elementary School were in sunny moods.They broke into seven groups to form seven different welcome wagons carrying goodie bags for this year’s incoming crop of first-graders, which total nearly 100.”Rain or shine,” said Deneen Bell, the KSE academic coach, as she settled into the middle seat of a mini-van. “I guess we’re like the post office.”Wednesday was the first day back to school for Garfield School District Re-2 staff. Kathryn Senor teachers continued their six-year tradition of delivering a book and a plastic bag full of useful information to new first-graders and their parents.”I love getting presents,” exclaimed first-grader Colton Tooker when he got his bag. “I’m gonna go read!”

Several kids came to the door in their pajamas with their moms. They eyed the contents of their new bags, while the teachers in the welcome wagon talked to parents and encouraged them to attend the ice-cream social at 7 tonight.Connor Gillum grabbed his bag and looked inside. Silvana Hayden, a second-grade teacher, asked him if he was excited to start school.”Yes,” he said.Had he met his teacher yet?”Yes.”Did he know where her room was?

“No.”Did he have all of his school supplies?”Yes.”As the group of five teachers left the Gillums’ house, Bell said the event was a lot like reverse trick-or-treating.”We knock on their door and give them a bag of goodies,” she said.The home visits started with the district’s reading program “Success For All.”

“Really it’s an invitation to the first-grade kids to come be readers with us,” said Kristin Greenstreet, the counselor at KSE.It’s also a team-building exercise for the educators regardless of what grade they teach.”It’s energy building,” Greenstreet said. “It reminds us that these kids are all of our kids, not just the first-grade teachers’.”Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 625-3245 ext. 103ahmiller@postindependent.com

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