The school year is over; however, the I AM Learning Partnership isn’t finished providing our young students with academic enrichment activities. Each year, Arnerich Massena’s community service program hosts a variety of summer camps to keep children engaged in the learning process while school is not in session. This year, the Portland Public School District has requested that we shift from our usual focus on math, science, and writing to focused literacy skills for younger students — 2nd and 3rd graders — who are not meeting state benchmarks.
To align with this goal, the I AM Learning Partnership will conduct a six-week Reading Camp, at no cost to 16 select Irvington students this summer. Campers will receive reading, phonics, grammar, and vocabulary instruction via multi-sensory lessons including group practice, reader’s theater sessions, poetry, and art. Afternoons will focus on hands-on learning activities with themes like plants, outer space, healthy cooking, fairy tales, travel, and going green.
Children in our summer camps are excited about how much fun they have, but it is equally rewarding and enjoyable for us to have the opportunity to work with these students. We particularly look forward to seeing these children reach state benchmarks in reading, which will be tracked by Irvington into the next academic year. We anticipate another fantastic summer of learning and fun!