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A Summer Treat

Pre-K students got a special treat recently, as the Early Years Institute (EYI) donated over 300 pencil cases to students at Dryden Street School. The pencil cases are intended to help maintain what the children have learned throughout the school year while also helping to avoid the “summer slide”.  Research studies define the “summer slide” as the academic losses that occur over the summer months.   EYI’s goal was to continue developing fine motor skills through cutting, writing and gluing while school is out. 


The motivating factor for the donation was based on data from The Early Development Instrument (EDI).  EYI helped bring the EDI to the Westbury School District in 2010 and again in 2012.  Teachers complete the EDI questionnaire for each child in their classroom. 

Questions are based on the five nationally-recognized measures of school readiness – physical well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, cognitive development, and communications and general knowledge. 


According to EYI’s Director of Early Learning Colleen Multari, “Based on the EDI data, we know that children in Westbury have

vulnerabilities in fine motor skills. The items in the pencil case were selected in order to help children practice and hone their fine motor skills over the summer.  The cases include pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors, crayons and a glue stick.”  


Dryden Street School Principal Dale Telmer stated, “It’s one thing to send home important review material.  It’s another thing to know that the children have the tools that they need to complete them.  EYI made that possible.”