The Westerville City School District will begin the kindergarten registration process next week for the 2011-2012 school year.

The Westerville City School District will begin the kindergarten registration process next week for the 2011-2012 school year.

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 are eligible to register for kindergarten. Students must complete kindergarten before entering first grade.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 8, parents can pick up a numbered registration packet at their home elementary school. At that time, they will sign up for a time to return the completed packet, along with the required documents, to the district's Enrollment and Family Resource Center inside the Ohio Health Westerville Campus at 300 Polaris Parkway, Suite 3200.

Individual registration appointments will be available from March 10 through April 8. At those appointments, parents must present an original birth certificate, passport, I-94, Permanent Resident Visa or Green Card; updated immunization records; medical records documenting any chronic condition, if applicable; original court-stamped documents for custody, if applicable; current IEP/MFE, if applicable; a photo ID for custodial parent; two proofs of residency, such as a purchase contract agreement or settlement statement to buy or lease property, a rental or lease agreement with custodial parent's name listed, a current public utility bill or government mailing.

Before entering school, state law requires children to have completed the following immunizations: a minimum of four doses of the DPT or DtaP shots, or five doses if the fourth dose was given prior to the child's fourth birthday; four doses of the polio vaccine, with the final dose given on or after the fourth birthday; the two-shot series of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, with the first dose required on or after 12 months of age; three doses with proper spacing of the Hepatitis B vaccine; two doses VARINAX (chickenpox vaccine) with the first dose given after the child's first birthday, or disease history.

For more information, call the school's office or the Enrollment and Family Resource Center at (614) 797-7700. More information also is available on the district's website{ www.wcsoh.org.

The Westerville Fire Citizens Auxiliary Resource Team (CART) is collecting food for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM). The Food from the Heart food drive began Feb. 21 and will run through March 14.

CART is asking residents to bring food to the city's three fire stations. Any nonperishable food can be dropped of at Fire Station 111, 400 W. Main St., Fire Station 112, 727 E. Schrock Road, or Fire Station 113, 355 N. Spring St. The items most needed for the WARM food pantry are canned meats, pancake mix, canned fruit, pasta, peanut butter, beef stew, syrup, juice, hot chocolate, laundry detergent, shampoo and paper towels.

For more information about the food drive, visit www.westerville.org or http://sparky43081.tripod.com or call (614) 901-6600.

Jennifer Nesbitt