Kindergarteners get “Ready Freddy” school tour

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Summer is winding down and school-age children are getting ready for a new year of classes.

School 18 hosted a “Back to school with Ready Freddy” orientation for new students on Tuesday. Children got to meet their teacher and principal and tour the building in preparation for the first day.

Interim superintendent Dr. Donald Ogilvie says it’s important to be in the classroom every day – right from the start.

“There’s a lot of research that points to the fact that attendance causes improved performance and that there’s no better place to start than in kindergarten when our goal is, in those early years, to get reading competency,” he said.

The Ready Freddy program will be used to improve the attendance rate for kindergarteners, which officials hope will improve the graduation rate later on. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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