LAURINBURG — Nineteen sticky-faced fourth graders on Thursday enjoyed an afternoon of ice cream and outdoor fun at Covington Street Elementary School after participating in the Read to Achieve summer reading camp.
Nearly 60 rising fourth graders throughout the district will be going back to school with sharper reading skills this year after spending six weeks participating in the camp — although some may need a few days to recuperate from any brain freeze incurred by copious amounts of ice cream.
Students had been meeting at Covington Street Elementary Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
“We learned about the main idea and context clues,” said Leala Jackson. She enjoyed reading stories about Junie B. Jones and participating in small groups.
“The camp has been successful with excellent learning experiences under the supervision of strong reading teachers,” said Rachel Burris, the district’s elementary education director. “Parents have been supportive and students have worked hard to show growth in their reading skills.”
Meredith Bounds, spokesperson for Scotland County Schools, said the kids who participated in the camp were chosen based on their portfolio of work and how they scored on tests throughout the school year. The third graders participated in different activities including small reading groups and an online literacy software called Imagine Learning.
“We have had several students who have shown proficiency in reading according to the Read to Achieve portfolio standards as well as our local assessment,” Burris said. “Many students showed growth on their assessment. Parents have been grateful for the extra attention given to their struggling readers and students have enjoyed the individualized attention as well as the Imagine Learning Online program.”
The Read to Achieve camp wasn’t the only reading program available for students to participate in this summer. About 90 Laurel Hill Elementary School students, from kindergarten to fifth grade, spent a better part of their summer break in a classroom. On Wednesday, they learned about the habitat and nature of insects to correlate with the camp’s “Bug Life” theme.
“The goal is to get books back in their hands over the summer,” said assistant principal Maggie Wells.
Fifth graders did their research online to find out about different types of bugs and third graders created replicas of inch worms using glue, cotton balls and glitter while kindergartners made paper bags with flowers on them to help their paper bumble bees pollinate. Students said they’ve enjoyed reading books together such as “Charlotte’s Web” and “James and the Giant Peach,” creating masterpieces in arts and crafts and participating in other interactive activities.
Rachel McAuley can be reached at 910-506-3171. Follow her on Twitter @rachelmcauley1.