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Preschoolers receive warm welcome from community men

August 27, 2018 | 7:40 pm

Updated September 10, 2018 | 10:49 pm

Graphic courtesy of Owensboro Times

School jitters may be over for most of Owensboro and Daviess County students, but not for the preschool students who started at Seven Hills Preschool Monday.

Dozens of men from the community showed up to support the preschoolers and help make the transition from home to school a little easier as they entered their new school this morning.

As a part of Owensboro Public Schools’ Million Man March campaign, males from the community were asked to line the entrances to the school, giving words of encouragement and high fives.

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“It’s important the kids see others that are excited to see them come into school,” said Susan Fenwick, Manager of Seven Hills Preschool. “And it’s important for parents to see that the community supports their kids being at school.”

One of those parents, Michael Barner, decided to join the line of men outside the school this morning. Barner, who has two daughters that started at Seven Hills this year, said this event helps show the students, including his own daughters, that people care about their future.

“In the world, we live where kids are without fathers, it is important to let them know we care,” Barner said. “We are showing them school is important and we want you to be here.”

Among the welcoming crowd were Brad Wright and Joel Barker from Audubon Area Head Start central office, who said the Million Man March was a good way to start off the school year for Seven Hills.

“Research shows kids with positive male role models will have more positive outcomes,” Barker said.

Seven Hills Preschool is a collaboration between Owensboro Public Schools and Audubon Area Head Start. Seven Hills is an all-day preschool with a 187-student capacity.

August 27, 2018 | 7:40 pm

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