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Franklin City Schools holding interactive early education fair on May 14

Posted on: April 28, 2022 10:50 am
Little Cats, Big Minds
A ton of fun events are on the schedule at the district's first-ever early education fair. Children aged 0 to 5 who are future Franklin Wildcats are invited to the Little Cats, Big Minds event on Saturday, May 14, 11 to 1 at Gerke Elementary. 
Any child who will be attending Franklin City Schools in the future is welcome to attend with their families to learn ways to be prepared for kindergarten. 
Kim Irgens, assistant principal at Gerke Elementary and Hunter Elementary, who is organizing the event, was brainstorming ways to help parents prepare children for kindergarten and decided to create an interactive event. "We will have different booths that have activities for families to participate in with their children,"said Irgens. She added, "My hope is that families enjoy the quality time spent learning ways to help their children to be prepared for kindergarten. Also, most booths will provide free and easy activities to work on at home. We will also raffle educational toys during the event."
Topics at the booths will include practicing letters and sounds, working with scissors, numbers, writing, music, speech and language, and more. The school district will be joined by other area organizations including the Franklin-Springboro Public Library, the Franklin Area Historical Society, Head Start, GTCO, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Great Miami Valley YMCA, and more. The Police and Fire Departments will be on hand with touch-a-truck and touch-a-car activities. Kindergarten registration will also be available, and refreshments will be served. 
Irgens noted that several organizations have provided raffle donations and/or financial support including the Franklin-Carlisle Rotary Club, Fairhaven Church, Grace Point Church, and many individuals. 
"The event is free and families don't need to pre-register," said Irgens. "Just show up and enjoy the event!"
Gerke Elementary is located at 312 Sherman Dr.