Arnerich Massena’s first-ever summer literacy school was a grand success! First and second-grade students from Irvington, Sabin, Boise-Eliot, and King Schools came to Irvington Elementary School for a six-week long camp hosted by the I AM Learning Partnership and local non-profit Reading Results. The camp was provided at no cost to participating families, and served about 20 children in total.
Focusing on literacy strategies, phonics, comprehension, and fluency, the program was designed to address the needs of students who are not meeting grade-level benchmarks. Daily camp activities included one-on-one direct instruction based on each child’s individual needs. Additionally, students participated in literacy-integrated craft activities and games, community building, a student-led talent show, and an end-of-camp award ceremony. On the last day of camp, each camp-goer received a backpack full of school supplies and literacy activities and games to keep their skills sharp for the rest of the summer. Students had the opportunity to grow academically and socially over the course of the six weeks, and they loved it!
The camp was such a success that we are planning on hosting another summer literacy school camp next year. Kate DeGraw, Arnerich Massena’s community service coordinator, comments, “Our overarching goal is always to promote a genuine love for learning and for the community. I think this program has achieved that goal, and we helped some students greatly improve their reading skills. I’m thrilled with the results, and look forward to next year!”
Check out photos from the summer camp below.