CCSD celebrates Superhero readers
by The Press and Standard | July 28, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 25, 2018 at 10:46 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County School District celebrated the end of the Superhero Reading Camp, a four-week summer program focused on improving reading and writing skills through research and inquiry, on Thursday July 19 at Northside Elementary. Students enjoyed “Splash Day” where they spent a fun-filled morning slipping and sliding on inflatable water slides provided by Charleston Jump Castles and were treated with snow cones from Squealin’ Sow Shaved Ice and Catering.
The camp, which included library and music twice a week, was funded through partnerships with Read to Succeed Act 78 and Title One. Approximately 95 second-graders attended camp with seven teachers and seven assistants. Third grade had 78 students enrolled with six teachers and six assistants. During the camp, students participated in two field trips to the South Carolina Aquarium and Whirlin’ Waters.
In the afternoon, Family Showcase Day was held where parents were invited to visit and see the students’ accomplishments. Additionally, each class decorated a tri-fold board with original work and pictures for the showcase. During the award’s program, students were recognized with perfect attendance certificates, medals for highest gain in class on STAR test, medals for any gains on STAR test and special recognition for completing summer reading camp certificates.
“The goal of camp was to increase reading levels, including comprehension and fluency, through intense instruction with a focus on individual reading levels,” said Kristie Long, co-director of the camp. “Students’ reading levels were measured by STAR tests at the end of school. All data from the summer camp is not yet finalized, but we saw a 78-percent increase in second-grade reading levels and expect the third grade to also show significant gains. Hopefully, our students enjoyed camp and we made learning more fun for them.
“The best part of camp is having parents tell us at the end that we helped their child become a more confident reader who enjoys reading more,” said Long.
One student chimed in on the last day of camp with his opinion on the Superhero Camp. “Now, since reading camp is over, I am going to be bored for the next four weeks,” said Aden Willis.
Florrie Edwards served as the camp administrator, and Kristie Long and Sonia Inabinett were camp co-directors.