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Volunteers Needed: Take Steps to Help Parents of New Haven’s Newest Students

Volunteers from across New Haven will gather in two weeks to welcome

parents and families of incoming kindergartners to the New Haven Public
Schools.

These volunteers will partner with New Haven Public School teachers,
principals and other staff to walk door-to-door to homes of some of New
Haven’s youngest residents just a few days before the children take
the big step to kindergarten. At each home they will answer questions
about the beginning of the school year and have conversations with the
parents, guardians and caregivers about “The ART of School
Success.”

Studies show that parents are key to ensuring that students are
successful in school and that steps taken by parents in early years
translate to future success in school. The ART of School Success focuses
on what research shows makes the biggest difference: Attending school
every day, Reading together for 20 minutes every day, and making sure to
put time aside to Talk to your child every day. The city-wide
kindergarten canvass will help families start off right and grow an even
better New Haven.

More than 100 volunteers are needed to make this event a success. To
sign up for a canvass shift go to
http://www.tinyurl.com/kindergarten2012.

Dates for city-wide canvass are:
· Saturday, August 18: 9 a.m. to noon
· Saturday, August 18: 1-4 p.m.
· Tuesday, August 21: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
· Thursday, August 23: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
· Rain date: Saturday, August 25: 9 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m.

Training will be provided to all volunteers, with additional
information after registration. For information or questions about
volunteering, please contact Joshua Mamis at jmamis@uwgnh.org or call
203-772-2010.


The city-wide kindergarten canvass is a collaborative effort between
the City of New Haven, New Haven Public Schools, United Way of Greater
New Haven, Boost!, and New Haven Promise.

Related New Haven Register article: 

http://nhregister.com/articles/2012/08/10/news/new_haven/doc5025c34...

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Comment by Ed Stannard on July 26, 2012 at 12:44pm

Takes me back. This year my son starts his fourth school: college.

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