After completing the application process in the spring, the school was notified in late June that it was selected as one of the one hundred new sites for the Pre-K program. Sponsored by the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs and the Office of School Readiness, the program will allow 18 students to get a jump on being prepared for kindergarten.
Principal Mike Welsh said, “We are very excited to have this Pre-K for our school and community. We are going to work with the Office of School Readiness to make this one of the best Pre-K programs around.”
The program requires a child to be four years old on or before September 1and be an Alabama resident.
Welsh said the school is currently accepting application forms for the program and all forms must be turned by August 2nd. The school office is open each weekday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Forms are available at the school, the school’s website (sg.cherokeek12.org), the Spring Garden Post Office and the Spring Garden General Store.
There is a limit of 18 children for the class and based on the annual registration of kindergarten students Welsh expects 30-40 students to apply.
Students will be selected by a random drawing Monday, August 5 at 10 a.m.
Once a child is selected, parents will need to provide a birth certificate and current immunization records as Alabama law requires from all students.
Although the grant allows for the school to charge a nominal fee to the parents, Welsh said the school has no plans to require a monthly charge to the parents of participating children.
Students will attend class from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and parents will need to provide transportation to and from school each day.
“We look forward to working with our families to make sure our children are ready for kindergarten,” Welsh said.