Research is pretty clear about what happens when young children stop reading during the summer months. The “summer slide” is responsible for up to a two-year loss in reading skills between kindergarten and fifth grade. It is a known fact that once a child falls behind in reading it is difficult for him or her to catch up to peers as they move through elementary school. Third grade students who are not reading at grade level are four times more likely to not graduate by 18 than their proficient peers.
At selected camp and meal sites, reading activities will be offered for students enrolled in kindergarten through third grade. Students will have access to reading materials that are of interest to them and books connected to summer camp themes. Reading with and to students will provide opportunities to promote comprehension, reading fluency and vocabulary skills.