‘Read to Succeed’ while camping

By: Special to The Union Times
Photo courtesy of the Union County School District Addison Lancaster, Camdon Boyea, and Iyah Hardy were among the students attending the Parent Open House for the “Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camp.” The camp focused on rising third and fourth graders with instruct efforts designed to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of the students through small group and individual instruction.
Photo courtesy of the Union County School District Students who took part in the “Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camp” had the opportunity to obtain up to 35 books of their choosing to take home to keep for their own personal library. The camp focused on rising third and fourth graders with instruct efforts designed to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of the students through small group and individual instruction.
Photo courtesy of the Union County School District A table full of books to choose from to keep was part of the “Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camp” conducted this summer by the Union County School District. Students who participated in the camp had the opportunity to obtain up to 35 books of their choosing to take home to keep for their own personal library. The camp focused on rising third and fourth graders with instruct efforts designed to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of the students through small group and individual instruction.

UNION COUNTY — This Thursday is the first day of the 2017-2018 school year for students in the 1st through 12th grades and while for some it means a return to an educational process put on hold during the summer, for others it is simply the continuation of the learning process that continued over the summer.

While some students were home during their summer break, the Union County School District conducted a “Read to Succeed Summer Reading” camp that ran throughout June and part of July. The camp involved an average of 65-70 students each day. The goal of the Read to Succeed Reading Camp was to focus on rising third and fourth graders and target any reading concerns present. UCSD enlisted qualified teachers to instruct the campers in an effort to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of students through small group and individual instruction.

“A child’s ability to read is a critical component as well as a predictor of educational and success in life,” according to Mrs. Barbara Palmer, the director of the camp as well as Coordinator of Evaluation and Effectiveness/GT.

The camps were funded by the state in response to Act 284 (Read to Succeed), which was signed into law in 2014 to improve literacy rates in South Carolina. It establishes intervention programs, such as the camps, and requires districts to develop comprehensive annual reading proficiency plans. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, third grade students can also be retained if they are not reading on grade level.

During the six weeks of instructions the students focused on the theme of “camping” which encompassed building shelters and tents, making a solar oven to make s’mores as well as reading around a campfire. The camp utilized the library, technology, hands-on activities, field trips, numerous book giveaways as well as visits from local community members to help facilitate and promote literacy.

Mrs. Palmer stated that “each child had the ability to obtain up to 35 books of their choosing to take home to keep for their own personal library if they attended the camp this summer during the book giveaways.”

Photo courtesy of the Union County School District Addison Lancaster, Camdon Boyea, and Iyah Hardy were among the students attending the Parent Open House for the “Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camp.” The camp focused on rising third and fourth graders with instruct efforts designed to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of the students through small group and individual instruction.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_Summer-Reading-Camp.jpgPhoto courtesy of the Union County School District Addison Lancaster, Camdon Boyea, and Iyah Hardy were among the students attending the Parent Open House for the “Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camp.” The camp focused on rising third and fourth graders with instruct efforts designed to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of the students through small group and individual instruction.

Photo courtesy of the Union County School District Students who took part in the “Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camp” had the opportunity to obtain up to 35 books of their choosing to take home to keep for their own personal library. The camp focused on rising third and fourth graders with instruct efforts designed to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of the students through small group and individual instruction.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_Summer-Reading-Camp-3.jpgPhoto courtesy of the Union County School District Students who took part in the “Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camp” had the opportunity to obtain up to 35 books of their choosing to take home to keep for their own personal library. The camp focused on rising third and fourth graders with instruct efforts designed to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of the students through small group and individual instruction.

Photo courtesy of the Union County School District A table full of books to choose from to keep was part of the “Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camp” conducted this summer by the Union County School District. Students who participated in the camp had the opportunity to obtain up to 35 books of their choosing to take home to keep for their own personal library. The camp focused on rising third and fourth graders with instruct efforts designed to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of the students through small group and individual instruction.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_Summer-Reading-Camp-2.jpgPhoto courtesy of the Union County School District A table full of books to choose from to keep was part of the “Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camp” conducted this summer by the Union County School District. Students who participated in the camp had the opportunity to obtain up to 35 books of their choosing to take home to keep for their own personal library. The camp focused on rising third and fourth graders with instruct efforts designed to improve the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of the students through small group and individual instruction.
Students allowed to obtain up to 35 books

Special to The Union Times