‘A critical year’: Chamber launches kindergarten ‘Classroom Connection’ with Leon County Schools

Research shows that the experiences and interactions a baby has between ages 0-5 has long term impacts on brain development.

A solid foundation and early learning are critical for later success in school, health, career, and life. Children who start kindergarten with grade-level skills or higher are on track for a successful and satisfying education. They start ahead and stay ahead.

Classroom Connection is a partnership between the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, World Class Schools, and Leon County Schools that allows the business community to support our students and teachers during the first year of elementary school.

As part of the Chamber’s focus on community, prosperity, and education, the classroom adoption program is an investment in the next generation of our workforce.

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and Leon County Schools are hosting a joint press event at 10 a.m. Tuesday to kick off the Classroom Connection adoption campaign at John G. Riley Elementary.

During to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents opted to “redshirt” their children from entering school last fall and will enroll them for kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year.

Leon County Schools is preparing to welcome more than 3,000 kindergarteners this August, meaning nearly 170 classrooms are up for adoption.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce. It’s more important now more than ever that our businesses support our students and teachers,” says Sue Dick, President/CEO, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. “Kindergarten is a critical year for the development of children, and we want our students to start off strong.”

Businesses that sign up to sponsor will work directly with classroom teachers to assist them in the ways they need it most. Volunteer reading, school supply drives, and virtual field trips are just some of the ways businesses can get involved.

“This year we are excited to welcome our 2021-2022 kindergarten class and give them the building blocks that they will need to create a strong academic, and social-emotional foundation,” says Leon County Schools Superintendent, Rocky Hanna.

“The Classroom Connection program is a foundational piece that will enhance the kindergarten experience with real-world applications and community involvement. I think something truly special will be built between the classrooms and the businesses who invest their time and resources in helping our students succeed,” Hanna said.

If your business is interested in sponsoring a Leon County Schools classroom, visit TLHClassroomConnection.com for more information.