Here at United Way, we are fortunate to work with some of the most service-oriented, internally-driven and compassionate people in the community. Among them are the United Way interns, volunteers, Board of Directors and staff. Today, we’d like to spotlight Andrew Warrington, our Board Chairman and Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) volunteer.
What is your role at the camp?
So far, what has been the most memorable part about your involvement in the Kindergarten Countdown Camp?
It’s always great to spend time with the kids. They are always cheerful and friendly and really love to meet new people. You can see they enjoy the camp and it’s a wonderful thing to see how much they learn in such a short time.
Have there been any students or teachers, in paticular that have impacted you and how?
I read in Mrs. Feldman’s class. We enjoyed hearing her story about how she got into teaching as a second career. We are lucky she made that change in career, as it’s very clear that she is a superior teacher that the kids really love. At my table I had three students, Romeo, Sophia and Elisa, all of whom were progressing with differing levels of English and classroom abilities. I am sure they will grow up to be great students.
Do you think Kindergarten Countdown Camp is making an impact on the children that attend?
Definitely, some of the kids in the class did not have the opportunity to be in a classroom prior to KCC. They don’t know the things we all take for granted – how to get on a bus, how to behave and participate in class. How to socialize with adults and the other kids, as well as, the basics of colors, letters and how to use a book. Without these skills that they learn at KCC, they would start their Kindergarten career way behind and may never catch up to their peers. Thanks to Kindergarten Countdown Camp the playing field is leveled giving these children a brighter future.
What does education mean to you?
Education is that great leveler and it gets everyone off to the same start so they can contribute to society. Without it we don’t have much of a civilization.
To support the expansion of early childhood programs, like Kindergarten Countdown Camp, visit www.LIVEUNITEDlakecounty.org/give.