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Dozens of Rochester families are “taking their preschooler to college” as Nazareth College’s Helen and Walter Cooper Institute for Urban Education hosts Pre-K @ College, a special event in partnership with several Rochester City Schools. Students will be attending from School 9, School 33, School 36 and School 41. These schools are all School of Education partner schools for Nazareth's student teachers and observers. The event for the pre-school children and their families, which is by invitation only, is on Saturday, October 16, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., in the Shults Center Forum on the Nazareth College campus, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618.
The program features local author Will Hubbell, who will be reading his book Apples Here!, which includes illustrations of city, rural and urban school children in the area and also local apple farms. Hubbell will also present each child with one of his books. The goal of this program is a partnership between higher education institutions and the Rochester City School District Pre-K Program to promote learning, enjoyment, and the possibility of higher education. It is sponsored by the Nazareth College School of Education Graduate Literacy programs and the RCSD Early Childhood Department.
Nazareth’s School of Health and Human Services and School of Education’s Literacy Programs have scheduled many hands-on activities for both parents/caregivers and children, some of which include: Wegmans sharing healthy and cost effective snack choices for children; a representative from Nazareth’s physical therapy demonstrating home exercises, and a representative from the Monroe County Public Library System talking about programs available for families.
Other supporters of the event include: Wegmans, Nazareth’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Nazareth’s School of Health and Human Services, Monroe County Public Library System, the Mayor’s Literacy Initiative, RCSD Pre-K Teachers, volunteers from Nazareth’s School of Health and Human Services and School of Education, and high school volunteers from RCSD.