Kids Plus (K Plus)
Kids Plus (K Plus) was established in 1991 as an educational outreach program for at-risk four-, and five-year olds who can benefit from some enrichment activities to better prepare them for school. K Plus is a cost-free program for families in need and offers these children a place to learn what they will need to be successful in kindergarten.
K Plus is held Monday through Thursday with both a morning and afternoon class for four- and five-year old children. To apply for the program, contact Kelly Bone, K-Plus Teacher.
K Plus Activities
The children also invite their community and church supporters to celebratory events. They have a Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas Pageant, Valentine’s Day Coffee, and Appreciation Tea where they make the refreshments and sing songs for the group.
K Plus Teachers
Kelly Bone is beginning her 14th year with K Plus. She was the assistant teacher for one year and has been the lead teacher for the past eleven years. She has a bachelor’s of arts degree in communications with a minor in sociology from University of California – San Diego. She was the director of Mother’s Morning Out from 1997-1999 at the First Presbyterian Church in Danville, Ky. She worked as an early childhood and elementary school substitute teacher for 15 years, in both the Boyle County Kentucky and Jefferson City Public School Districts. She was active in PTA during her children’s elementary and middle school years, serving as PTA President for 2 years and Booster Club President for 4 years among other positions. During the summers she volunteers at Dreams to Reality. She and her husband, Todd, have two sons.
Kris Michitsch joined K Plus 4 years ago, serving as a substitute for two years and becoming an assistant teacher last year. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in psychology from the University of South Dakota. She has worked as a public relations coordinator for healthcare facilities and as a writer/editor for creating educational materials for the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education. Throughout her children’s school years, Kris was involved with PTA, served as a Brownie leader, and was active in several sport-related booster clubs. She enjoys being a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program and a volunteer with Dreams to Reality. She and her husband, Robin, have a son and a daughter.
Michele Caywood joined the K-Plus team in October, 2020. Her introduction to K-Plus was previously as a volunteer reader for the K-Plus community reading program. Michele has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with minors in Marketing and Speech Communication from the University of Central Missouri. In addition to previously working in the healthcare field as a public relations and guest relations specialist, Michele has been an active volunteer for many organizations. She serves on the Special Learning Center Foundation Board and co-coordinates their annual Moments of Magic Fundraiser. When possible, she serves as a United Way Annual fund panel member for distribution of year-end funds. She is a board member for the Birthright Organization and past president of Dreams to Reality, a non profit which provides women in transition clothing to prepare for employment opportunities. Active in her children’s middle and high school years, she co-coordinated several non denominational youth seminars, served as room mother, Bible School camp volunteer, President of the Mothers High school club 3 years and Project Graduation Director for her children’s graduating classes.
She is currently employed part time with the COVID response at Cole County Health Department. Michele and her husband Eric, have one daughter and two sons.
“One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love” Mother Therese.
“Thank you for the privilege to share in the growth and development of such an endearing group of students, their positive enthusiasm and zest for learning is awe-inspiring. I am excited to be part of such a wonderful community!” Michele Caywood