Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership, in partnership with local non-profit Reading Results, hosted their second year of summer literacy school, which was a tremendous success! This six-week program was free to 32 first through fourth grade students from Irvington, Sabin, and Boise-Eliot Schools, who were identified and selected for the program because they were not meeting state literacy benchmarks.
The six-week program is designed to address the needs of these students with one-on-one literacy instruction, large group lessons, small group reading support, and student exploration. Students honed their reading skills, learned more sight words, and strengthened their vocabulary. The group stayed cool in the summer heat by playing water games, taking a field trip to Ebb & Bean for frozen yogurt, and enjoying afternoon popsicles.
This year, the program also provided free lunches to students, with the assistance of the local restaurant community. Food was provided by Por Que No, Renata, and Figlia at discounted prices; the kids enjoyed taco bars, sandwiches, pastas, and chicken grilled by one of Irvington’s favorite custodians Felipe.
On the final Friday of the school, July 27, students and their families celebrated by enjoying a pizza lunch while seeing the kids’ work showcased. Students were each provided with backpacks (compliments of TEDxPortland) filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year.
Kate DeGraw, community service coordinator for the I AM Learning Partnership, says the summer school was wonderfully received by parents and students alike: “This program does an incredible job of helping students continue to grow in their literacy skills over the summer, while having fun and developing a long-term love of learning. We look forward to hosting this amazing community program again next summer!”
Check out photos from the summer camp below.