At Osceola Elementary, Kids Zone participants focus on academic enrichment and tutoring in the areas of reading, mathematics and science for students in third through fifth grade. The group met on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the 2012-2013 school year. Sponsor Meredith Gilbert sought to maximize the number of students served by dividing the program into two sessions. This enabled 80 students to receive the benefits of additional academic support, where a strong emphasis was placed on FCAT preparation. Each Thursday students were treated to a hot meal before they went and those who lived beyond walking distance of the school were provided with transportation home.
In addition to the weekly tutoring, fifth graders had the opportunity to attend Saturday Science Camp. The students who participated received science and reading enrichment through hands on experiments and science investigations.
Students proudly wore their KidsZone t-shirts and sweatshirts on field trips to meet the governor, attend a sports and nutrition day and to the end of the year awards ceremony at Daytona USA.