Entering Kindergarten can be frightening for young students and parents! That's why New Bedford Public Schools holds a special program each year to welcome those students and their families into the world of education. This year's event, Smooth Sailing Into Kindergarten, is scheduled for August 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Buttonwood Park Zoo. This week on Townsquare Sunday, host Jim Phillips welcomes Titus DosRemedios of Early Education For All, Arthur Motta of New Bedford Public Schools, and the Zoo's Paula Montgomery to speak about this year’s event, and the importance of early childhood education.

New Bedford Schools

This event is for all children registered to begin Kindergarten this fall. Children can register on that day if they are not already registered. Children and their families will receive free admission to the zoo between 10 am and 12 pm and are welcome to stay for the day.

Preregistered families in need of transportation receive a ticket for free bus access to the zoo courtesy of the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA). A return trip STRA bus pass will be available at the SRTA table during the event to any registered family that requests one.

Townsquare Sunday with Jim Phillips can be heard each Sunday at 6 a.m. on WBSM 1420 and WBSM.com. Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program highlighting non-profits and community organizations in the Greater New Bedford area.

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