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by The Press and Standard | July 22, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 20, 2016 at 4:05 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Colleton County School District celebrated the end-of-summer reading camp with an award recognition ceremony held Wednesday July 13 at Forest Hills Elementary. Themed as “Building Brilliant Brains and Bodies,” the reading camp served 120 rising third- and fourth-graders chosen from all five elementary schools within Colleton County.
According to Camp Directors Kristie Long, reading coach at Forest Hills, and Sonia Inabinett, reading coach at Hendersonville, the campers received intensive reading instruction for six hours a day for five weeks. “The goal of the camp was to reduce the percentage of rising third- and fourth-grade students reading below grade,” said Long. “In order to do this, we provided intense reading instruction for six hours a day, four days a week from June 6–July 14.”
In order to meet their goal, students were supported in “Building Brilliant Brains and Bodies” by small teacher/student ratios (1/15 with an assistant) in each classroom and one-on-one reading instruction based on Dominie data. The students utilized the Reading and Writing Workshop Model, which included research and technology. Additionally, CCHS and USC Salk students served as mentors and tutors throughout the summer.
According to both Long and Inabinett, a big part of the success of the summer camp was in the partnership with the community. “The summer camp partnered with the Colleton County Memorial Library for field trips and visits from the Bookmobile’s Reading Summer Program,” said Inabinett. “The students received exposure to classroom libraries and received five take-home books, per student, funded by the Stony Point Foundation in Beaufort.” Local business partnerships included: Foodland, Bank of Walterboro, Walmart, IGA, Anderson’s Cleaners and Aaron’s.
Campers receiving recognition for most-improved reading and writing by teacher included: Misty Gerard: Writing – Jaden Ancrum, Reading – Ca’Montrez Hollman; Stacy Smoak: Writing – JaAmani Davis, Reading – Colt Rease; Brandy Smalls: Writing – Jordan Fishburne, Reading – Cameron Huggins; Cari Benton: Writing –Nashad Buckner, Reading –Kamayah Simmons; Edith Bright-Washington: Writing –Ja’Quan Theisen, Reading – Ikea Gilbert; Kinloch Bell: Writing –Javon Theisen, Reading –Savanna Torres; Holly Hiers: Writing – Javaire Dubois, Reading –Terreon Gatewood; Jessica Reid: Writing –Va’Shanti Greene, Reading – Dale Lyons.
Perfect Attendance recognition went to: Danzeil Chapman, Jomori Cohen, Devin Kirk, Savanna Torres, Meloni Wiggins, Aren Brockman, Nashad Buckner, Gracie Dyer, Raniya Wright, Rasheed Fair, Darrell Washington, Ikea Gilbert, Jaden Acrum, Ca’Montraz Hollman, Romell Middleton, Marchale Walker, Jr., Dinaejha Brunson, Noah Catterton, Camille Chisolm, Yosbin Serrano, Va’Shanti Greene, Andre Jenkins, Dale Lyons, Dominick Jackson, Jaheim McCormick, Jaamani Davis, Shaliah Grant, Shaniah Grant and Dakota Johnson.
Jessica Williams, director of elementary education, spoke at the end of the award ceremony, thanking the students and parents for participating in the summer reading camp and encouraging the students to continue reading. Williams also expressed gratitude for the staff and support team who made the camp possible.
Serving as camp administrator was Florrie Edwards, reading coach at Bells Elementary. Teachers participating in the camp were: Kinloch Bell, Brandy Smalls, Holly Hiers, Stacy Smoak, Jessica Reid, Edith Bright-Washington, Cari Benton and Misty Gerard. Each classroom had an assistant including: Theodosia Manigo, Katherine Folk, Wanda Williams, Janie Ford, Latreia Grant, Carolyn Hampleton, Jill Bell and Leslie Chaney.
To celebrate the end of camp, the students enjoyed “Splash Day” held Thursday, July 14, complete with a cookout, inflatable waterslides and games.