Last updated: April 25. 2014 5:38PM - 1077 Views
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CRFA Ready! Co-Director Debbie Knuckles talks to participants at a recent Ready! session.
CRFA Ready! Co-Director Debbie Knuckles talks to participants at a recent Ready! session.
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Bell County Schools, Middlesboro elementary and Pineville elementary have fully implemented The Children’s Ready Foundation of Appalachia’s (CRFA)Ready! for Kindergarten program this year. Each school system has committed to offering each of the three sessions — a commitment CRFA Ready! Co-director Debbie Knuckles recognizes as the key to the program’s success. 
“One of the keys to making READY! for kindergarten a successful program for parents and family literacy is for all of the right groups of people to recognize the value of what we have to offer,” explained Knuckles.

Pineville elementary and Yellow Creek both hosted the second of their three sessions this week. Sessions do not have to be attended in order, so those who did not get to attend can still attend the next sessions on May 22 (Bell Central) and May 23 (Yellow Creek).

Knuckles hopes the community as a whole will continue to provide the support the program needs to continue on successfully.

“The participants see the value instantly, but we also need the involvement and support of school principals, our local and regional media, preachers and teachers — everyone must find their unique role in supporting a cultural change of embracing the young child, the young parent, and extended family members who may have been handed the role of parenting due to traumatic circumstances,” continued Knuckles.

For more information, contact Debbie Knuckles at 606-269-8293 or visit Facebook at The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia.

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