Kids First Academy (KFA), a local school that provides a Christian education for children of all levels, recently received the Dorothy Traynor from Read Aloud Delaware award for the most volunteer hours in Sussex County. Six KFA students volunteered a total of 150 hours last year reading to preschool children at Milford Early Childhood Center.
Opening in September 2009, Kids First Academy provides a unique Christian education program for Milford and the surrounding areas. In addition to a focus on academics the school also stresses ministry and mission as students are encouraged to constantly give back to their community though volunteering. In order to build Christ like behavior, students participate in Read Aloud at the Milford Early Childhood Center, Adopt a Highway, and a blanket ministry for local cancer patients and support homeless students in the Milford School District with monthly supplies.
“We try to impact the kids for Christ by stressing the importance of mission and getting out into the community,” commented Sue Frketic, organizer and teacher at Kids First Academy. “Kids have so much today that they begin to take for granted what they have. We want to take the emphasis off of self and place it on others.”
The Academy began its partnership with Read Aloud Delaware,a local grassroots volunteer-driven organization that assists children in learning how to read during the early years of child development, last year as they began reading to four-year-old children at Milford Early Childhood Center. This year the program has continued as they read to prekindergarten students at Morris Early Childhood, a school within the Milford School District located in Lincoln, Delaware.
The Dorthy Traynor Award is given to groups and individuals, by Read Aloud Delaware, to groups that demonstrate outstanding support of the organization. Dorothy Traynor was a founding member of the Read Aloud Delaware Board of Directors. She was a state-wide president of the Federated Women’s Clubs of Delaware at the time and was influential in organizing volunteers for Read Aloud Delaware. The award was first given in Sussex County in 1988 to the Village Improvement Association in Rehoboth Beach. KFA was chosen based on being the group that read to the most children in Sussex county over the course of 2012.
“Kids First Academy was treasured by their reading site for being faithful, dependable and so kind and enthusiastic with the children,” commented Ann Gorrin, Read Aloud Delaware Sussex County Coordinator. “They are a great group of kids.”
Zayne Hurd, an eleven-year-old student at Kids First Academy, has been active in the Read Aloud Delaware program through KFA since the beginning and enjoys his role in teaching local kids the joy of reading. “The reason I like the program is that the kids really have the urge to read and they always want you to read more,” commented Zayne. “I really have fun reading to them.”
Thirteen-year-old Kayla Wilson was also one of several students that helped to begin the partnership with Read Aloud Delaware and she looks forward to seeing the program grow. “It is so much fun, the kids adore us and act like we are movie stars or something,” commented Kayla. “It is exciting when they want to read more and more books and do not want you to stop.”
During this year’s holiday season the students at Kids First Academy will be raising money to donate gift cards to local teenagers in surrounding communities between the age of fourteen and eighteen. This is a group of children that the school believes are typically left out during the holidays. As the school continues to grow they are accepting new members. To find out more information about Kids First Academy, individuals are encouraged to visit them online at http://kidsfirstacademy.webs.com, follow them on Facebook or call 302-339-3750.