The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

November 26, 2008

Little ones learning early in Lewisburg

District introduces children to classroom at a young age

LEWISBURG -- Jennifer Cracchiolo was amazed how her 3-year-old son, Lorenzo, learned to write his name in just five weeks.

Lorenzo has also impressed his mom with daily lessons on the alphabet, colors and shapes.

"I'm always surprised by something he is telling when he comes home," said Cracchiolo, of Lewisburg. "He has really enjoyed learning and has been learning a lot. I have no worries about him going into kindergarten."

Lorenzo's success is exactly what the Lewisburg Area School District was after when it opened its first-ever pre-kindergarten class last month at the Lewisburg Child Development Center with the help a Pre-K Counts grant.

The $78,000 state grant was awarded to Lewisburg this summer to hire certified pre-k teacher Amanda Benshoff, who now leads a class of nine pupils ages 3 to 4. The grant actually provides for up to 20 pupils, according to Cathy Moser, Lewisburg's director of curriculum and instruction.

"We certainly have room for some more children," Moser said. "The goal of this is to give children a classroom experience as they transition into kindergarten. Research has been solid on the idea of a pre-k experience being a great building block."

Moser said one of the main influences for launching the pre-k program was the district's recent decision to go to full-day kindergarten. This year is the first year for all-day kindergarten in Lewisburg, which has subsequently received roughly 140 pupils.

"We felt it would be appropriate to help more children take that next step in getting ready for school," Moser said. "However, there are several private (pre-k) providers who do a wonderful job, but there are still a number of families who aren't able to take advantage of those programs."

Among the advantages of the pre-k program, according to Moser, include improved social skills, learning how to follow directions and sharpening basic fundamentals like knowing colors, shapes and letters.

Text Only
News
  • Today's Editorial: Child's sensibilities shield bad parents

    Periodically, a decree goes forth from the county seat announcing a special on child support, generally in the form of reducing charges and fines for all those able and willing to make good on some payments now past due.

    July 25, 2014

  • eyebrows.jpg Coming Sunday: Browsing for brows

    As makeup sales soar, four tips to make your eyebrows raise others'. Coming Sunday

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Budd fundraising run to pass Geisinger

    MILTON — It’s “kickstands up” tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. from LT’s Tavern on Route 405 in Milton where hundreds of motorcycles will take off on a run to raise funds for the Budds, the Ohio family whose matriarch, Sharon, recovers at Geisinger Medical Center from grave injuries suffered in a rock-throwing incident two weeks ago.

    July 25, 2014

  • Attorneys seek $28G more from Line Mountain in wrestling case

    WILLIAMSPORT — The legal fee issue between the Line Mountain School District and the Beattie family, which successfully sued the district to allow seventh-grader Audriana Beattie to participate on the all-male wrestling team, is not over.

    July 24, 2014

  • Driver to police: 'Just shoot me'

    WATSONTOWN — A Turbotville man has been charged with making terroristic threats and disturbing the peace after he allegedly threatened to shoot people in a bar and said he had a weapon.

    July 24, 2014

  • New panel of officers installed by CSIU directors

    MONTANDON — A new executive team was installed at Wednesday night’s Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit meeting, as the terms of the present leadership expired this month. Act 102 of 1970, which first created 29 IUs in Pennsylvania, requires  intermediate unit directors to elect board of director officers annually in July.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • Geisinger, Highmark deal moving ahead

    DANVILLE — A five-year extension of the contract between Geisinger Health System and Highmark Inc. won’t be affected by a dispute last year over Highmark allegedly undervaluing Geisinger’s health plan and charging certain plan holders more for care at Geisinger facilities.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • Pickleball players get game on

    SUNBURY — Jan Dockey has been asking the City Council for three months to consider creating a pickleball court.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • $23 million sweep under way

    After years of finger-pointing and blame, Northumberland County officials have launched an initiative to try to collect $22.8 million in unpaid fines and restitution from what might be 14,000 cases.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mazzeo a finalist for Middletown post

    Former Sunbury police chief Steve Mazzeo is one of three finalists for the same position in a borough about 65 miles away.

    July 24, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.