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Bethel's KITS Project receives curriculum excellence award Print E-mail

Bethel School District's KITS (Kids in Transition to School) program has been recognized with the 2012 OASE Excellence in Curriculum Leadership Award.

The KITS program was created to help Eugene and Springfield’s youngest students be better prepared for success in kindergarten. KITS is an original program developed at the Oregon Social Learning Center and put into practice through a partnership with Bethel School District, Springfield Public Schools, the Oregon Social Learning Center, and United Way of Lane County’s “Success By 6 Initiative."


The award is sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. It was presented at the annual convention of the Oregon School Boards Association in Portland.

The KITS program is providing school readiness skills to incoming kindergartners and their families in Bethel and Springfield’s Promise Neighborhoods. Lane County’s Promise Neighborhoods have been targeted for innovative programs like KITS because up to 80 percent of the children enter school without the skills they need to become successful readers.

Lane County’s Promise Neighborhood vision is that all children growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to effective schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and career.

Over the past two years children from the Promise Neighborhoods who took part in the KITS Program before entering kindergarten made significant improvement in key areas: letter naming abilities; letter-sound knowledge; paying attention and following directions; and solving problems with peers in non-aggressive ways.

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