July 2, 2014
Albemarle County supervisors heard an update Wednesday on the county's Bright Stars pre-school program.
Students from several high school 2014 graduation classed spoke and sang about their gratitude for the program.
Bright Stars pre-school program focuses on risk factors that can prevent academic and social success.
Graduating high students credited their achievements to beginning their education with Bright Stars, which helped them get acclaimed to a classroom.
“It helped students get a head start on numbers and letters, something as simple as that can make a huge difference,” said Elizabeth Lainez, Bright Star student. “For children to learn that sooner rather than later can make a huge difference in their development.
Of the 79 students who began the Bright Stars program in 2000, 38 of them stayed within Albemarle County and graduated this year or are on track to graduate.
Of those students most of them plan to attend some form of college.