CHARLOTTESVILLE — About 20 incoming kindergarten students at Eastern Hancock Elementary School got a head start this summer from Kindergarten 101, a program cosponsored by the Hancock County Purdue Extension and the Eastern Hancock Education Foundation.

The program took place the final full week before the beginning of the 2016-17 school year and consisted of half days, Monday through Thursday, and a longer day that included a lunch period Friday.

The goal of the program is to make sure county youths have a good first experience with school, officials say. With that goal in mind, the prospective kindergarteners learned things like how to raise their hands and wait to talk, how to line up, what the school bus is like and how to open a milk carton.

Their parents attended an evening meeting where they learned things like school policies, how to contact a teacher and how the lunch money system works.

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Kindergarten 101 has been established in two of the county’s four school districts: Eastern Hancock and Greenfield Central schools.