‘Little Eagles’ Great Start for 4 year-olds

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MAKING MUSIC–Children in KBOCC’s Little Eagles Great Start Readiness Program enjoy making music in their class at the Wabanung (L’Anse) campus. Top row, Hayden Bemis, Darren Cobert, Aiden Grentz, Kylen LaFernier and Aubrianna Haden. Front is Caden Tolonen.


Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College began offering a new program for four year-olds on Nov. 1, 2015. Nine students are currently enrolled. The program is income-based for at risk children. It is funded by the Michigan Department of Education, administered through the Copper Country Intermediate School District. Called the Little Eagles Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), the program meets in a classroom on the ground floor of the OCC Wabanung (L’Anse) campus Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays are reserved for home visits and parent conferences. Kim Swanson is the teacher and Cheryl LaRose the Early Childhood Education Department chair. “The program is full now but recruitment for the fall of 2016 will begin in February,” LaRose said. “People can call Kim Swanson at 524-8523 for more information. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.