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Universal Pre-K classes hold ice cream social

Universal Pre-K classes hold ice cream social

Children’s eyes lit up as their parents entered the classroom to share ice cream with them. All Universal Pre-Kindergarten students in the Mount Vernon City School District were treated to an ice cream social on Monday, September 11, 2023. 

The social gave parents a chance to meet their children’s teachers and friends. It also provided an opportunity for parents to get more involved in the school community. 

“I think it’s a good program,” said Lamont Harris, father of Aviana Harris and Tristan Harris, two pre-K students at Traphagen School. “It’s a great way to get parents involved in the school. I think that it’s good for the kids to socialize with everybody else. I think that moving forward my kids will like it here.” 

Several parents had ice cream themselves. They all got in tiny chairs to sit next to their children while they ate the ice cream and socialized. Another purpose of events like these is to build social-emotional skills. Following eating the ice cream, the children played with each other for a few minutes before being taken home. 

“I think it’s amazing because we usually don’t get a chance to all get together,” said Shannon Shield, Pre-K teacher at Traphagen. “I like everything about pre-K. This is where they get their social emotional skills. I feel like as they get older, they don’t get this much opportunity, it’s more academic. This is the place to do that.” 

Students and parent seated together
Student eating ice cream
Child playing with toy after eating ice cream.
Ingredients for ice cream
Children selecting ice cream. Baby in car seat in foreground.
Children eating ice cream at table with parent.
Children sitting at table eating ice cream with parent
Child choosing her ice cream
Children choosing their ice cream and toppings with parents.
Father holding his child and waving
2 Children selecting toppings for their ice cream
Parent sitting at table with three children
2 Children viewing ice cream
Parent holding his child
Parent sitting with his child


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