MARTIN — Parents and caregivers graduated from this years maiden voyage of the BornLearning Academy at May Valley Elementary last week.
According to Floyd County Superintendent Henry Webb, on Thursday, May 2, nine parents and caregivers, who had participated in every academic session, graduated from the May Valley BornLearning Academy.
The May Valley BornLearning Academy was funded through a grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing in collaboration with the United Way of Kentucky. Only ten schools in Kentucky received the grant. However, the Floyd County Board of Education allocated additional funds so that any parent or caregiver in Floyd County could attend. A total of 140 attended the academy.
“The board team and I want to thank the families for participating and the leadership and team at May Valley for making this such a successful program for our families,” said Webb. “We also want to thank Mike Hesterberg from Toyota, Mike Denney, Director of FRYSC, Maryann McKenzie, regional program manager, the representatives from United Way, and the Allen Central High School JROTC for attending our graduation celebration.”
The BornLearning Academy’s first session was held in November of last year. The program called for parents, caregivers and children birth to attend the six monthly sessions. The academy focused on turning everyday experiences into learning opportunities in order to better equip children for school readiness.
“About 65% of our children under age five in Floyd County are not in structured educational or child care environments,” said Webb. “It’s imperative that we give these children every opportunity to be ready for school so that they may be as successful as possible when they begin kindergarten.”
Each session included dinner and a thirty minute segment where parents and caregivers learned an activity while the children received childcare. The two groups would then reunite and the parents and caregivers would practice the activity with the children. Sessions also included door prizes.
Expectant parents were also invited to attend. Two such families attended all six sessions with their daughters being born during the academy. The new parents received strollers and all the children received school ready backpacks filled with supplies.