Congratulations, Class of 2030!
If you have a child in first grade in Lebanon County this year, he or she should have received a Success Kit during the first week of school. This county-wide project brings together schools, organizations, corporate partners, and families to collectively contribute to student success. Every first grader in Lebanon County (more than 1800 children!) has received a Success Kit just like yours.
Family involvement is vital in creating school success for every child at every age. We’ve filled the Success Kit folder with resources to support families’ needs so that you can best support your child’s education. We encourage you to take an active role in your child’s education and hope that the tools and resources provided will allow you and your child to dive into learning together.
In the Success Kit, you’ll find school supplies, information and resources, and a special t-shirt for your child, who will be a member of the Class of 2030! Please encourage your child to wear the shirt proudly and talk with him or her about working toward the important goal of high school graduation. We hope that this shirt will empower your child to prioritize education and make him or her feel a part of something bigger – our county’s class of 2030.
Plus, make sure to fill out the goal page in the Family Resource Guide with your child. Take a picture of your child holding up the completed goal page and wearing his or her Class of 2030 t-shirt and post it on Facebook or Twitter using @UnitedWayLebCo and #UWStudentsSucceed for a chance to win a prize!
More information for you and your family is listed below.
Attendance in School Matters
Did you know? Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. Children who miss 10% of the school days in a year (18 days, or 2 days a month) can have more difficulty learning to read. Students can still fall behind if they miss a day or two every few weeks.
Learn more at attendanceworks.org.
Reading with Children Leads to School Success
Reading aloud to your child is directly connected to school readiness, and children who read with their parents are better prepared for future success in school. Making reading a priority in your home will help children use their imagination, engage with the excitement of reading, and lay the foundations for them to succeed.
Healthy Bodies Grow Healthy Minds
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
Consistently getting enough sleep leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep each night is associated with an increase in injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression.
Learn more at healthychildren.org.
Activities & Things to Do
Lebanon County and the greater Central Pennsylvania area offer so many activities and opportunities for families and kids.
Calendar and guide to all kinds of local activities and events for families and kids.
Our local libraries are a hub of activity in each school district in our county, including various free programs for children, such as: STEM Explorers, summer learning, smart start storytimes, and more. Check out programming at your local library and make books a part of your routine with your children.
PLUS, our area offers extracurricular activities with other children through organizations like:
Pennsylvania’s school vaccination requirements changed in 2017. Please make sure you are familiar with the new requirements, which include:
- Only FIVE days to complete required vaccinations after the school year begins (much less time than in previous years)
- Additional doses of certain vaccinations at the middle and high school levels
Many other health resources are available in our community, such as:
Lebanon Family Health Services: WIC, parenting classes, walk-in clinic, convenient care
Better Together Community Calendar: Family health and wellness activities
Lebanon Valley Family YMCA: Child care, youth sports, swim lessons, Freer Youth Center
Need more than these? More information can be found through 2-1-1 (see the bottom of this page).
Look into your local community or parks to see what might be going on in your area:
Visit Lebanon Valley: Activities, resources, and information for all over the Lebanon Valley. You might be surprised to find things you didn't know about before!
School District Information
Make sure to familiarize yourself with any information provided by your child's school district. Each district's website can be found below:
For additional resources and help, dial 2-1-1.
The 1st Grade Success program is possible thanks to the following sponsors. Thank you for your support!