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Toyota to help parents and students in select West Virginia schools

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Buffalo Elementary School in Putnam County is making schools easier for parents and students. Buffalo Elementary School in Putnam County is making schools easier for parents and students.
Dropping your child off for the first day of Pre-K can be an emotional experience, but several schools across our area are making that process easier this year.

Highlawn Elementary in Cabell County, East Lynn Elementary in Wayne County, and Buffalo Elementary in Putnam County have been selected to be a part of the bornlearning® Academy powered by Toyota.

Toyota is supplying each school with a $6,000 grant for the first year of the program and a decreased grant for the second year of the program.

The born learning® academy is designed to help students, parents, and teachers get comfortable with one another before the school year starts.

"They are going to have dinner and they are going to get all kinds of different things to help their children. I think this is a marvelous and wonderful program and something we should have had years ago," says Lauretta Ghavami, Principal at Buffalo Elementary.

The program is set up in a series of workshops throughout the school year and it teaches parents how to help their children learn on a day to day basis. 

"When they are cooking dinner they can talk about how many plates need to go on the table or how much they are measuring. When they are driving down the road lets count how many cars or if they are doing laundry lets sort the socks" says Pamela White, Pre-K teacher at Buffalo Elementary.

One of the best parts about this program is that its not only for those kids getting ready to go into Pre-K, but also for families with younger children. 

The program is open to children from birth through age five. The goal is to help children feel comfortable in a school environment and build strong relationships with their teachers.

"The teachers and parents are going to be so close. They are going to feel so close technically before their child is even enrolled in school. That's a huge benefit and a huge support for the families in our community" says parent and teacher Jennifer Boggs.

The first workshop for the program will be held on September 18 at Buffalo Elementary School from 5:30-7:30.

Any parents in the Buffalo school district with children ages 0-5 who are interested in getting your kids involved are encouraged to get involved. 

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