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Great Start children’s play to premier in Iron County

June 21, 2012
The Daily News

IRON RIVER - The Dickinson-Iron Great Start Collaborative is inviting all local residents and visitors to a children's theater production titled "Are You Ready for Kindergarten?"

The play is being produced as a fun way to draw attention to the challenges and joys for kindergarteners of attending school for the first time. The play will be produced by local first and second graders and it is hoped that all incoming kindergarteners will be able to attend.

"Are You Ready for Kindergarten?" will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, with productions at 10 a.m. at the Windsor Center Auditorium in Iron River and at 1 p.m. at the Contemporary Center in Crystal Falls. Parents are encouraged to bring the entire family and sit back and enjoy a fun performance that will show real children's thoughts and feelings about the first day of school.

The Great Start Collaborative is Michigan's nationally recognized statewide initiative to foster school readiness and life success for young children. Great Start is guided by a vision that every child in Michigan deserves to be healthy, safe, eager, and ready for school success on the first day of kindergarten.

"What sets Great Start apart from other nationwide early childhood initiatives is the parent voice," noted Great Start Parent Coalition Facilitator Jonathan Ringel."We look forward to meeting new parents who want to make a difference in the lives of their children at some of our upcoming meetings to share and exchange ideas."

The next meeting will be taking place on June 28 at noon in the Crystal Falls Library. The July 26 meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Nanaimo Park in Iron River. Both meetings will include some food and refreshments.

The Parent Coalition is committed to organizing free events for children and families, providing valuable parent leadership opportunities and resources for parents, and helping our youth to become active and engaged in the community.

In addition, the Parent Coalition will:

- provide a 'great start' to kindergarten for all children

- improve access to high quality early childhood programs

- build support systems for parents

- distribute family resources

- recognize the needs of children and families in poverty

- organize family events and activities

- host monthly parent meetings and cafes support leadership

- provide decision making and empowerment for parents

To learn more about the Great Start Collaborative, visit their website at or if you are an interested parent who wants to get involved and learn more specifics about the upcoming meetings and theater production, contact Jonathan Ringel, parent facilitator at or (734) 474-8597.



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