Early Childhood Education students arrived for the first day of preschool class greeted by smiling faces of head teacher Betsy Jack and her staff. Mrs. Jack was excited to talk about the new school year. The Wednesday / Thursday class (students living south of Red Bird Mission) had eight in attendance for the first day, and six students are registered for the Monday / Tuesday class (students living north of Red Bird Mission).

As the students arrived they were greeted to a ‘new’ playground. Existing equipment was refurbished and new items added. The playground is complete with a musical fence, rubber mulch, and, of course, climbing equipment. This could not have been possible without the hard work and donations from Salem UMC of Fond du lac, Wisconsin. A grant was from received Promise Neighborhood for new classroom furniture for the freshly painted rooms that welcomed students that first day.

Washing hands was first on the ‘to do’ list when all the students entered the classroom. Once each child had finished washing up, they joined the teacher on the rug for circle time. The formal class time began with singing good morning. Introductions in the form of a song gave each child the opportunity to tell their new friends their name. All the class practiced saying each name to familiarize them to each other and the different names within the group.


After circle time, the playground was next on the agenda. And were they ready! Running, playing, and sharing could be seen all around the playground. When asked if the kids were having fun, the resounding answer was ‘YES’.

It is not too late to enroll three and four year olds! Please call Betsy Jack with any questions regarding enrollment at (606) 598-3155.

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