Kickoff to Kindergarten fair holds drive-through event for parents and youth

Extension hosts back-to-school family pre-k event with community partners

Backpacks of different colors with school supplies

Take-home activities will be provided to parents and children as part of the Kickoff to Kindergarten fair on Sept. 12. Photo by Heidi Petermeier, Extension.

Kickoff to Kindergarten fair holds drive-through event for parents and youth

Extension hosts back-to-school family pre-k event with community partners

Take-home activities will be provided to parents and children as part of the Kickoff to Kindergarten fair on Sept. 12. Photo by Heidi Petermeier, Extension.

Backpacks of different colors with school supplies

Take-home activities will be provided to parents and children as part of the Kickoff to Kindergarten fair on Sept. 12. Photo by Heidi Petermeier, Extension.

University of Nevada, Reno Extension is partnering with Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Vegas PBS to host the fifth annual Kickoff to Kindergarten fair. This year’s drive-through event will include take-home lesson and activity kits to provide children ages 3-5 and their parents with knowledge and skills to help get the children ready for kindergarten. Some of these kits include a Little Helpers cookbook and wooden spoon, scissors skills activity sheets with scissors and materials and instructions for paper plane building.

“Kickoff to Kindergarten is different this year because it is a drive-through event, with the hands-on activities being shared as take-home lessons,” Heidi Petermeier, Extension program officer, said. “It’s important that we continue to support parents of young children so that they have the tools and resources they need to prepare their children for kindergarten, especially during this time of distance learning. We can also help make learning fun and engaging for young children.”

The event will be held Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the East Las Vegas Library, 2851 E. Bonanza Road in Las Vegas. The event is free and open to the public, and school readiness supplies will be given to the first 250 families.

Support for the Kickoff to Kindergarten event is provided by Acelero Learning Centers; Clark County School District Family and Community Engagement Services; Girl Scouts; Lakeshore Learning; Las Vegas Urban League; North Las Vegas Library District; Prevent Child Abuse Nevada; University Medical Center Healthy Living Institute; and University of Nevada, Las Vegas Lead Poisoning & Prevention.

For more information, visit the Kickoff to Kindergarten event website or email Petermeier at heidip@unr.edu.

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