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Louisville fair helps prepare students to enter kindergarten

Two free Bats tickets will be given to participants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2014) — Hundreds of 5-year-olds are expected to swarm Louisville Slugger Field on Aug. 5 for the annual Kindergarten Countdown Fair — the main event of the city’s yearly initiative to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

KGkids“Kindergarten is an important milestone,” mayor Greg Fischer said. “I want our kids to get excited about the first day of school, and I want parents to know how to prepare their children for this important milestone.”

The Kindergarten Countdown Fair is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students and an adult will receive free admission to the Louisville Bats game, where they will also receive information about immunizations, health screenings and skills they should know before starting kindergarten. Students will be able to meet teachers and tour a school bus as well.

Now in its ninth year, Kindergarten Countdown is a partnership between Metro Government, JCPS, Metro United Way, the Louisville Free Public Library and PNC Grow Up Great. The agencies work throughout the year to increase school readiness and to educate parents and children about the transition to kindergarten. JCPS has crafted an informative school readiness guide to help parents understand what they can do at home to maximize their child’s kindergarten experience. It can be accessed on their website.