The first of this year’s four Kindergarten Festivals for incoming 2012-13 kindergartners and their families attracted 655 people, a record high for the event.
Among those in attendance at the recent festival, held at the Buffum Learning Center, were 100 children who received free dental screenings. Each incoming kindergartner also received a free book and backpack with school supplies. More than 20 community agencies shared resources and information about their services.
At the festivals, parent workshops on math, reading, kindergarten readiness, transitional kindergarten and school district registration procedures run from 9:20 to 10 a.m., 10:10 to 10:50 a.m., and 11 to 11:40 a.m.
Sponsors of the festival include Verizon, St. Mary Medical Center, Los Angeles Universal Preschool, the National Council of Jewish Women, Long Beach Rotary and Charitable Foundation, and Molina Medical.
All festivals are from 9 a.m. to noon. Upcoming festivals are:
• Saturday, Feb. 25, International Elementary School, 700 Locust Ave.
• Saturday, March 31, Mann Elementary School, 257 Coronado Ave.
• Saturday, April 28, Dooley Elementary School, 5075 Long Beach Blvd.