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JPS hold school readiness for entering kindergartners

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Children aren't the only ones learning and having fun at this "All Aboard the Kindergarten Express" event.

Look at the parents, cheering each other on and playing a game.

"It's a puzzle. Tips for being an involved parent, and they're putting all the pieces together to know what an involved parent does, and how that helps their child," said Susan Womack, Parents for Public Schools of greater Jackson.

These parents have children entering kindergarten in the Jackson Public Schools and a lot has changed for students.

The curriculum is more rigorous and parents need to be prepared to help students prioritize. Children at the event are concentrating, using their creativity. They're getting help inside from volunteers and outside at the "Toot, Teach and Roll Learning Bus".

Parents and kids work together to make crafts on this summer day.

"I love it. That was my first time ever seeing something like that. I was like wow, a kid myself," said Leonell Badger, mother of a kindergartner.

During the school year, the bus will help with tutoring and other school related activities. It travels throughout central Mississippi.

"Kinda take what's in the school, bring it out to the communities. We just want everyone to be on one accord, saidAnddrea Jones of Toot, Teach & Roll.

Five year-old Nicholas is about to enter kindergarten and the event is putting him on track.

"I like to paint, I like to paint something that's on a picture, and I like to color dinosaurs and batman, or brick walls or stone paths, Nicholas said.

"All aboard the kindergarten express" is put on by parents for public schools of greater Jackson and Midtown Partners. 

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