‘Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce’: Tallahassee businesses adopt kindergarten classes

From the Tallahassee Democrat

With more than 3,000 kindergarten students expected to enroll across Leon County elementary schools this August, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with LCS and World Class schools to create Classroom Connection.

The program encourages the local business community to adopt any of the 170 classrooms to support teachers and their kindergarten students.

During a press conference held at John G. Riley Elementary School, LCS school board members including chairwoman Joy Bowen as well as superintendent Rocky Hanna voiced their support for the initiative.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce. It’s more important now than ever that our businesses support our students and teachers,” said Sue Dick, President and CEO of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.

Hanna drew from his personal experiences saying, “ this is what makes Tallahassee special and me proud to be a lifelong resident.”

Businesses that adopt a classroom will assist teachers by volunteering to read, hosting school supply drives, provide virtual field trips and more.

“Kindergarten is a critical year for the development of children, and we want our students to start off strong,” Dick said.