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June 1, 2009


The University of Maine at Fort Kent this week delivered “KinderKollege” kits to all elementary schools in the St. John Valley as part of the University’s College Community Project, an educational life span-approach to college readiness.

The College Community Project provides college and career aspirations and exploration programs to all pre-K through 12th grade-level students from Van Buren to Allagash.  It is a college readiness and aspirations project, which includes a lifespan of college readiness and learning from kindergarten through retirement years.

Some of the other programs associated with the project include: Early College; Middle School U.; the St. John Valley College Access Program; and Senior College.

The newest program in the project is called “KinderKollege.”  The program includes college savings planning for parents of children who are just starting school, as well as career and college awareness for the youngsters.

This past semester, UMFK elementary education students enrolled in Education 328, Curriculum and Instruction II developed teaching/learning kits for grades Pre-K to 2. The kits were developed in collaboration with Kelley Lizotte, the College Community Project coordinator, and Scott Voisine, UMFK’s director of student affairs.

The focus of the kits is career and college awareness for children at an early age.  Surprisingly, there are many great books out there about going to college; books meant for very young readers.  The kits are full of great classroom resources and some really fun items that children will enjoy.

UMFK has created a kit for every elementary school in the St. John Valley, from Van Buren to Allagash.  The kits were delivered this week to school librarians, principals, and/or early grade teachers at the respective schools.  Some of the students who helped develop the kits also were in attendance at some of the stops nearby the UMFK campus.

The KinderKollege program is funded through a grant from the Davis Family Foundation.

The Davis Family Foundation is a public, charitable foundation established by Phyllis C. Davis and H. Halsey Davis of Falmouth, Maine, to support educational, medical and cultural/arts organizations located primarily in Maine.

The foundation was established following Mr. Davis's retirement as President and Chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. The overriding goal for the foundation was simple and straightforward: "to make grants where they will do the most good and where our gifts make a real difference."

The foundation has provided over $32.8 million in grants since its grant making activities began in 1986 in support of educational organizations, such as colleges, universities, and other educational institutions.  ###