Camp helps beat the ‘summer slide’


Through enhanced reading strategy instruction

Courtesy photo The “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School provided students participating in the program with the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. During the six-week program the students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop.


Courtesy photo Children participating in the “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. Students also attended enrichment events such as visiting Carnegie Library for story time and to receive their library cards. They also visited the local Piedmont Physic Garden where they learned about plants and their environments.


Courtesy photo The “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School provided students participating in the program with the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. During the six-week program the students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop.


Courtesy photo Children participating in the “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. Students also attended enrichment events such as visiting Carnegie Library for story time and to receive their library cards. They also visited the local Piedmont Physic Garden where they learned about plants and their environments.


Courtesy photo Children attending the “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School the past six weeks received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. The program concludes Thursday with with parents being invited to view student work, conference with teachers about progress and to watch as students receive their awards. The finale will consist of team events on the playground.


Courtesy photo Mr. Lewis Jeter spoke to the students at Read to Succeed Summer Camp. The state-funded Read to Succeed Summer Camp is housed at Monarch Elementary School this year. Mr. Jeter talked about making good choices in life. He also spoke about how your actions define you as a person and not your name. Mr. Jeter ‘s quote “Who I am, I decide” will be remembered by many. He stated that he makes decisions as to who he wants to be and how they should not let anyone else make negative decisions for them. Teachers and students want to thank Mr. Jeter for his motivational talk.


Courtesy photo The children who attended this year’s “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” had the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. During the six-week program the students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop.


Courtesy photo The “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School provided the children attending with small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. The program concludes this Thursday with parents being invited to view student work, conference with teachers about progress and to watch as students receive their awards. The finale will consist of team events on the playground.


MONARCH — Some local children got some help beating the “summer slide” thanks to the Union County School District’s “Read to Succeed Summer Camp.”

On June 11, 2014, Governor Haley signed into law Act 284 (Read to Succeed). The purpose of this piece of legislation was to improve literacy rates of the students in South Carolina. One of the many components of Read to Succeed is summer reading camps. Our district identified students who would benefit from small group or individual enhanced reading strategy instruction. These students were invited to attend a summer reading camp.

This year’s reading camp was held at Monarch Elementary School with a daily attendance of 55-60 students. The students attended the camp for five hours a day, four days a week for six weeks. Students were taught by highly qualified teachers who have an extensive background in teaching early literacy. Legislators provided funding to districts in order to hold the camps.

Students received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. The students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop. The camp collaborated with local agencies to provide meals and experiences to enhance the camp’s reading, writing and research workshops.

Students also attended enrichment events such as visiting Carnegie Library for story time and to receive their library cards. They also visited the local Piedmont Physic Garden where they learned about plants and their environments. The summer camp will end this Thursday with parents being invited to view student work, conference with teachers about progress and to watch as students receive their awards. The finale will consist of team events on the playground.

According to Barbara Palmer, Camp Coordinator, the camp was a great success.

“Students were engaged in reading, writing, speaking and listening activities throughout the camp. Each child showed improvement in one or all of these areas. The students were actively learning throughout the summer. We are excited that these students beat the “Summer Slide!”

Children often experience a drop in literacy skills in the summer if they aren’t provided the opportunity to read and write during this time.

“I would like to thank the parents who were dedicated to sending their students each day and the students who worked hard,” Palmer said. “I would also like to thank our fantastic teachers who planned creative lessons for these students during the camp and our community partners who provided services and enrichment for our students.

“These partners included Carnegie Library, Mon-Aetna Baptist Church (USDA Food Service), Gail Hubbard (volunteer) , Charles Lott (volunteer), Lewis Jeter, Toccoa Switzer (Piedmont Physic Garden) and Cleveland Jackson (Farmer’s Market), she said. “Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s Summer Reading Camp a success!”

Courtesy photo The “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School provided students participating in the program with the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. During the six-week program the students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail_FullSizeRender2.jpgCourtesy photo The “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School provided students participating in the program with the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. During the six-week program the students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop.

Courtesy photo Children participating in the “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. Students also attended enrichment events such as visiting Carnegie Library for story time and to receive their library cards. They also visited the local Piedmont Physic Garden where they learned about plants and their environments.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail_FullSizeRender9.jpgCourtesy photo Children participating in the “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. Students also attended enrichment events such as visiting Carnegie Library for story time and to receive their library cards. They also visited the local Piedmont Physic Garden where they learned about plants and their environments.

Courtesy photo The “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School provided students participating in the program with the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. During the six-week program the students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail_FullSizeRender3.jpgCourtesy photo The “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School provided students participating in the program with the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. During the six-week program the students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop.

Courtesy photo Children participating in the “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. Students also attended enrichment events such as visiting Carnegie Library for story time and to receive their library cards. They also visited the local Piedmont Physic Garden where they learned about plants and their environments.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail_FullSizeRender6.jpgCourtesy photo Children participating in the “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. Students also attended enrichment events such as visiting Carnegie Library for story time and to receive their library cards. They also visited the local Piedmont Physic Garden where they learned about plants and their environments.

Courtesy photo Children attending the “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School the past six weeks received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. The program concludes Thursday with with parents being invited to view student work, conference with teachers about progress and to watch as students receive their awards. The finale will consist of team events on the playground.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail_FullSizeRender4.jpgCourtesy photo Children attending the “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School the past six weeks received small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. The program concludes Thursday with with parents being invited to view student work, conference with teachers about progress and to watch as students receive their awards. The finale will consist of team events on the playground.

Courtesy photo Mr. Lewis Jeter spoke to the students at Read to Succeed Summer Camp. The state-funded Read to Succeed Summer Camp is housed at Monarch Elementary School this year. Mr. Jeter talked about making good choices in life. He also spoke about how your actions define you as a person and not your name. Mr. Jeter ‘s quote “Who I am, I decide” will be remembered by many. He stated that he makes decisions as to who he wants to be and how they should not let anyone else make negative decisions for them. Teachers and students want to thank Mr. Jeter for his motivational talk.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail_FullSizeRender.jpgCourtesy photo Mr. Lewis Jeter spoke to the students at Read to Succeed Summer Camp. The state-funded Read to Succeed Summer Camp is housed at Monarch Elementary School this year. Mr. Jeter talked about making good choices in life. He also spoke about how your actions define you as a person and not your name. Mr. Jeter ‘s quote “Who I am, I decide” will be remembered by many. He stated that he makes decisions as to who he wants to be and how they should not let anyone else make negative decisions for them. Teachers and students want to thank Mr. Jeter for his motivational talk.

Courtesy photo The children who attended this year’s “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” had the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. During the six-week program the students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail_FullSizeRender7.jpgCourtesy photo The children who attended this year’s “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” had the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. During the six-week program the students rotated each day through a reading workshop, a writing workshop, a research workshop and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop.

Courtesy photo The “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School provided the children attending with small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. The program concludes this Thursday with parents being invited to view student work, conference with teachers about progress and to watch as students receive their awards. The finale will consist of team events on the playground.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_thumbnail_FullSizeRender8.jpgCourtesy photo The “Read to Succeed Summer Camp” at Monarch Elementary School provided the children attending with small group and individual instruction to work on their reading, writing, listening, and researching skills. The program concludes this Thursday with parents being invited to view student work, conference with teachers about progress and to watch as students receive their awards. The finale will consist of team events on the playground.
Through enhanced reading strategy instruction

This story courtesy of the Union County School District.

This story courtesy of the Union County School District.

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