Rock and Read for Early Learning

The Alleghany Highlands Early Learning Partnership (AHELP) delivered “Rock and Read Bags” and pre-schooler packets for children in the Alleghany Highlands. The Rock and Read Bags contain fun early learning activities to aid families in preparing children for entering kindergarten. The basic skills used by public educators to determine kindergarten readiness include recognizing letters of the alphabet and writing at least their name, counting, recognizing colors and shapes, using scissors, following instructions, for example, like in the game Simon Says, and reading readiness exemplified by following along and sounding out words in a story.

In addition to school system orientations and readiness identification, Virginia law states a child must have reached his/her fifth birthday by Sept 30, 2021, in order to enroll in kindergarten. Edgemont Primary School has kindergarten orientation Monday, March 15, from 5 pm until 7 pm and screening appointments will be scheduled as a follow-up to this session at the school. For more information call Principal, Cindy Morgan, 965-1420. The Alleghany County School System is hosting kindergarten registration and readiness screening April 26 and 27 by appointment. Parents and guardians will be invited to call their school to schedule an appointment and can call Brenda Bartocci 863-1800 if they have general questions about registration.

AHELP shares the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation goal, every child is prepared for school, laying the foundation for school, workforce, and life success. In addition to encouraging school readiness, AHELP focuses on enriching learning experiences plus building strong social and emotional skills in children. Dianne Garcia can be contacted for additional information about the local partnership 540-691-4896


Pictured (L to R) are Lee Ann Gray, Speech Pathologist Covington City Schools, and Angela Rice, DSS Family Service Supervisor. Not pictured but also participating in the deliveries were Marie Fitzpatrick, AHELP Community Member, Jolene Feazell, Alleghany County Schools AHELP member, Brenda Wallace, AHELP community member, and Dianne Garcia, Education Consultant to The Alleghany Foundation.