Ministry of the Month: Learning Starts Early + Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5k

NOVEMBER 2017 MINISTRY OF THE MONTH

On Saturday, November 18, the third-annual Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5k & Kids’ Fun Run will wind through the streets of Old Town Warrenton. You can register for the race here.

While the event is an absolute blast, complete with a turkey mascot on a bicycle, it also serves a much more profound purpose: funding efforts to increase access to preschool in Fauquier County through a Saint James’ initiative called Learning Starts Early.

Learning Starts Early (LSE) is an outreach ministry with a simple vision: that each child is a beloved child of God, and that each child should enter kindergarten ready to thrive and grow academically, socially and emotionally.

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Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5k – Nov 21st

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5k + Kids’ Run – November 21

Saturday, November 21st will be our first-ever Turkey Trot, Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5-K & Kids Run in support of “Learning Starts Early.” You can sign up here.

Please join us! This event will be benefiting preschool children of at-risk families in Fauquier County. By coming out you help ensure that every child in the county has access to all of the opportunities necessary to be ready for kindergarten and to succeed in school and in the workforce. 

This is an event for the whole family to run or wobble down the historic streets of Warrenton. Come join the fun and support the “Learning Starts Early” Fund!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Here’s the form and information!

“Learning Starts Early” Fund

a fund of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation

Our Mission – Ensure that every child in the county has access to all of the opportunities necessary to be ready for kindergarten and to succeed in school and in the workforce.

Rationale – Last year in Fauquier County, nearly 1 in 5 children entering kindergarten did not meet the reading readiness benchmarks established by the state.  Often they never catch up. These children are at a much greater risk of being unskilled and facing difficult obstacles in life, which is detrimental to the individuals and society.

Additionally, 166 children (22%) entering kindergarten in Fauquier County Public Schools this year did not attend any formal or institutional pre-kindergarten program or were in the care of an unlicensed childcare provider. A substantial body of research spanning decades proves that high quality preschool education can substantially improve the learning and development of all young children, and especially children from low income families, children whose parents lack high school diplomas, or children without homes.

Local Programs which target the preschool children of at-risk families in our community:

  • Fauquier Community Action Committee’s (FCAC) Head Start
  • Fauquier County Public School’s (FCPS) Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Head Start and the Virginia Preschool Initiative work together to coordinate services to best serve their students and families. Both have substantial funding needs in order to provide the highest quality preschool education.  The Learning Starts Early Fund will donate all of the proceeds from the Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5K and Kids Run to meet one or more of the following needs:

  • Increase the number of classrooms
  • Parent resource programs
  • Classroom materials, including educational technology to enhance traditional instruction
  • Before and after-school daycare for working families
  • Field trips and other important special learning experiences