Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 23, 2014
Summer camps for reading instruction
Summer camp is an additional 72 hours of reading instruction outside of the regular school year provided by the local school system to students who have not demonstrated reading proficiency.
Students continue to work toward completing their portfolios throughout the summer camp.
Summer camps will be held at least three hours a day, four or five days a week for six to eight weeks. The camps will be taught by paid, licensed teachers, and volunteer mentors may assist by reading with students.
The General Assembly allotted $15.5 million for reading summer camps across the state for the summer of 2014, but the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s allotment is only around $250,000.
“That money isn’t going to go as far as you think,” said Alesia Burnette, Rowan-Salisbury director of elementary education and Title I.
There will be transportation and material costs, teacher compensation, daily breakfasts, and depending on the time camp is dismissed, lunches as well, she said.