Educators: Pre-K important for long-term success


A student creates a frog during Camp Ready in Winter Haven. THE LEDGER

By Madison Fantozzi
The Ledger

WINTER HAVEN — A dozen children made pirate ships at the Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven Center in Florence Villa as part of the Learning Resource Center of Polk County’s Camp Ready program.

Instead of oak and cedar, they used pieces of apple and cheddar cheese as they worked Wednesday.

“Here at Camp Ready we’re allowed to play with our food where at home most times you’re not allowed to play with your food,” instructor Christina Stampe said. “It helps them with textures (and) vocabulary because … we’re talking about the color, the shape, the size.”

The camp is in its second summer at the PEP Center and taking place at nine other sites around the county. It teaches children the basic skills they will need in kindergarten that they may not be learning at home.

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