Cowley County residents continue to take a closer look at the challenges facing children and their families in the county. Arkansas City Public Schools administrators as well as high school and middle school teachers recently utilized professional development time to participate in the Cowley Kids Data Walk experience.
The USD 470 Early Literacy Initiative, Child Start, Inc., and Cowley College teamed up to host two important events in an effort to address rural childcare concerns.
Today was a big day for our PreK students as they attended their very first day of school. Their eyes were sparkling with curiosity and excitement and we loved watching them make new friends, explore learning stations, and dive into imaginative play. Here’s to a wonderful adventure full of learning, laughter, and endless possibilities! We know they’re going to do great!
Our maintenance crew has been especially hard at work this summer designing, constructing, and installing PreK playgrounds. Each elementary school will have a new PreK playground soon if they don’t already. The playgrounds promote wellness and increase safety for our youngest students because the equipment is designed for their size and developmental needs. These playgrounds are also designed to provide our earliest learners with opportunities to develop social skills through active, creative play.
The USD 470 Early Literacy Initiative is again hosting a local children’s author and inviting the public to attend. Lindsey Yankey is a Kansas author and illustrator who will be visiting Cowley County June 27-28, 2023. Yankey has written numerous children’s books including Sun and Moon, which was awarded the “Kansas Notable Book” honor. The book will be featured on her visit.