United Way Helps Make Dreams Become a Reality
Kindergarten Kamp is a collaboration between United Way, Lima City Schools and Head Start. Children entering kindergarten in the fall attend classes in the summer, taught by city school teachers and Head Start teachers, to better prepare the children to begin school in the fall. 2012 was the fourth year for the program. Children attending Kindergarten Kamp have consistently scored higher on the kindergarten readiness test than children who did not attend the kamp. Click here for more information on Kindergarten Kamp.
This program continues to grow. On Wednesday morning volunteers come to the Food Bank and pack 767 backpacks with food. They do this so that children who may not have anything to eat on the weekends can take the backpacks home with them on Friday afternoon. The children bring the empty backpacks back to school on Monday the volunteers refill them on Wednesday. The program serves 767 children within Allen County.