January 28, 2015
Kids' Plus (K Plus) is an educational outreach program for at-risk 3, 4, and 5 year olds who can use some enrichment activities to better prepare them for school. K Plus offers these children a place to learn what they will need to be successful in Kindergarten, weekly field trips and various class visitors. The program is led by a talented group of teachers and meets Monday through Thursday. The 3 year old program meets in the mornings, with an afternoon program for the 4 and 5 year olds. This program began in 1991 and has helped many children become better prepared to succeed in school.
K Plus is led by teacher, Kelly Bone, and assistant, Kathy Murphy, who are excited about children's learning and growth.
Mrs. Kelly Bone has been teaching K Plus for 6 years. She has a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Sociology from UC San Diego. Kelly was the Director of Mother’s Morning Out from 1997-1999 at The First Presbyterian Church in Danville, KY. She has been an early childhood and elementary school substitute teacher for 10 years and has been active in PTA during her kids’ elementary and middle school years. Now she volunteers her time with the Booster Clubs for her sons’ teams. She and her husband Todd have two teenage sons and when she is not teaching K Plus, you can find her at the soccer fields or tennis courts cheering them on.
Mrs. Kathy Murphy has over five years experience assisting with our K Plus program. She loves working with the children and is always trying to find new ways to entertain them at gym time. She plans and prepares their snacks and reads to the kids at story time. Mrs. Murphy has her own beautiful daughter who is advancing to Middle School in the fall and has a wonderful husband who works at Scholastic. She enjoys camping, fishing, baking, working on gardening and crafts and being the leader of her daughter's Girl Scout Troop.
Activities are a special part of K Plus, exposing them to community activites and services and church life. It is important for these kids to learn about the many opportunities available to them in the community and the many people who care about them, their safety and education. They go for story time at the Library, take ice skating lessons, visit the police and fire stations, tour the Runge Nature Center, and much more.
They also invite some of their community and church supporters to celebratory events. They have a Thanksgiving "feast", Christmas Pageant, Valentine's Day Coffee, and Appreciation Tea, where they bake the refreshments themselves and sing songs for the group.