Big Dreams Program Comes to the Corinth Housing Authority
On January 12, the Corinth School District, in partnership with the Corinth Alliance and the Corinth Housing Authority, began the “Big Dreams Program” at the Aaron L. Walker Community Center located in the J.B. Combs Apartment Complex. This educational program is a great opportunity for children ages 3-5 to help them prepare for kindergarten. Carrie Chappelle, LeeAnne Nuckolls and Becky Hill, all teachers at East Corinth Elementary School, and Tracy Gardner, Counselor at East Corinth Elementary, have been teaching the children letters, number, colors and shapes through storybooks, games, worksheets, crafts and puzzles. This program not only teaches the children, but also gets the parents involved in the teaching so they can continue helping their children at home, each child is given a take-home package each week continuing their lesson for that week. Parents are essentially becoming their child’s first teacher and what better way to accomplish this than bringing the teaching skills to them through “Dig Dreams”. There is no cost for parents and children to attend and the lessons learned will last a lifetime for each and every one who attends. In the few short weeks that “Big Dreams” has been at J.B. Combs, a bond has formed between teachers and children as well as teachers and parents. The children’s faces light up with joy each time they enter the classroom, looking forward to all the activities that are offered to them. Counselor, Tracy Gardner is on hand the last week of the month to assist with any concerns that parents may have about their child’s learning abilities and social skills. She meets in a group setting with the parents and later breaks in to one-on-one sessions if needed.