This summer, we are excited to welcome Emma Paukert, one of our new Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) interns! We love getting to introduce new people to the work we do at United Way of Lake County. Read on to learn more about Emma’s experience with KCC so far!
What is your role at Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC)?
I am an intern for KCC, serving as a teacher’s aide in the classroom.
What has been the most memorable part about your involvement in KCC so far?
The most memorable part about my involvement so far has been seeing the overall impact that one day at school has on these children. I have found it very interesting how young children are able to absorb new information and catch on to things adults know without even thinking about.
Have there been any students or teachers, in particular, that have impacted you and how?
Everyone, from students to teachers, has impacted me. I admire the teachers’ passion for teaching young children and the amount that they care for and value every student’s right to be educated. In terms of the students, they have impacted me by making me realize how important education is and how the fundamental stages of schooling are vital to a student’s success.
Do you think KCC is making an impact on the children that attend?
I believe that Kindergarten Countdown Camp has a tremendous impact on the children that attend. Just from the few weeks that I have been here, I can already tell a difference in the children’s ability to write their name, listen to directions, and interact with other children. I feel that this camp is well preparing students for kindergarten and a successful academic career.
What does education mean to you?
To me, education is the gateway to success in all facets of life. A well-rounded education gives students the tools, knowledge, and attitude they need to be successful. Education is the medium that allows us to expand our thoughts and explore our ideas.