In order to bring variety into the Cities in Schools reading curriculum, one project had students create a newspaper and expand reading lessons. The intention was to sharpen writing skills, and provide an opportunity for the older students to record camp life and enjoy written expression.
At the end of the summer, 25 campers described the experience as amazing, as they produced three issues of the camp newspaper, the Weekly CIS. Two students are interested in a career in the media field.
When asked what she liked best about the Weekly CIS, Tinley Vance repled that she like the stories about the counselors. “We found out who had been here the longest. We asked them if they liked it and if they had fun here.”
The 8×12 publication first hit the camp newsstand on June 12, just 10 days after the first day of camp. This was the first year, the Cities In Schools summer camp program established a newspaper, said Sara Kerley, executive director of Cities In Schools.
“It was a way to bring some variety to the reading program,” Kerley said. “They have two periods of reading lessons, and we wanted one to work on writing. We also wanted them to express themselves, learn interview skills and share some things about camp life.”
Cities In Schools summer camp program is a day camp for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, which offers each camper a chance to improve on their literacy skills and increase their fluency in math proficiency, as well as engage in arts, crafts, music, drama, computer lessons and recreation. More than 300 children participated in this year’s camp.
Cities In Schools reading teacher Vanessa Matlock, who oversaw the newspaper, said the students reviewed copies of The Ardmoreite for learning and discussing the purpose of newspapers and the various sections.