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March 12, 2013

DANVILLE and PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY - Two school readiness events will be held this month to help parents prepare young children for success in kindergarten.

A "Start Strong" event will be hosted by Danville Public Schools on Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the George Washington High School gymnasium. The event will feature developmental screenings, vision screenings, and on-site Kindergarten registration. In addition, childhood development experts will be available to answer parent questions. "We hope young children will come and enjoy the bounce house, storytelling, crafts, and snacks," notes Kirby Wright, chairman of the Smart Beginnings Board of Directors.

Another "Start Strong" event will be hosted by Pittsylvania County Schools on Monday, March 25, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Chatham High School cafeteria. Representatives from community agencies and schools will be available to answer questions about programs and services available to parents and children. Additionally, vision screenings will be conducted. The event will also include remarks by Division Superintendent James McDaniel.

For more information, contact Pittsylvania County Schools at 432-2761 or Danville Public Schools at 799-6400.

The mission of Smart Beginnings is to ensure that all children are ready for success in school and in life. Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania is one of twenty-nine school readiness coalitions in Virginia. For more information on Smart Beginnings, call 797-8887 or email