The goal of Read 2 Succeed Summer Reading Camp is improving reading confidence over the summer for rising fourth graders. Sixty eight students from Florence County School District Three in South Carolina participated in the six week long camp, which featured intensive reading, writing, and research activities. at the Lake City Early Childhood Center.
Students had the opportunity to take books home, and “shop” for the books they wanted. According to Literacy Director Renee Kirby, they had an opportunity to take home between 25 and 30 books. Some students even picked out a few books for their siblings.
The abundance of free books was a highlight for many students but they also enjoyed field trips from ScienceSouth, a trip to the Lynches River County Park Splash Pad, and basketball and dancing.
Literacy coaches assisted students with reading during class time. Literacy Coach Kim Proctor says that the camp is important, as struggling readers leave with more confidence in reading skills.
“Most of the kids have had time to come to the library and research whatever they wanted to research and find out about,” Proctor said. “So we try to give them strategies like ‘stop and jot’ where they read information, then they think about it and then they jot it down so they don’t plagiarize.”