On Monday, Aug. 12, Winona Area Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Annette Freiheit spent part of her morning reading to the Getting Ready Together program at Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School. Freiheit, a former elementary school teacher who loves to read children’s books to groups of all ages, picked three of her favorites to read to the kids: “One” by Kathryn Otoshi, “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak and “Underwear” by Mary Elise Monsell.
The Getting Ready Together program is a free eight-week summer intensive preschool opportunity with a focus on early reading and math skills. It’s intended to increase a child’s readiness to enter kindergarten and designed to serve children who have never had a preschool experience or who are entering kindergarten in the fall and would benefit from some additional classroom experience.