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Children attend Read to Achieve Summer Camp

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Read to Achieve campers get a special visit from Perquimans Librarian, Michele Lawrence.

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From staff repors

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Around 50 students from Hertford Grammar and Perquimans Central are getting extra help with reading this summer, thanks to a state mandated law enacted in 2012.

The initiative is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act, which requires third-graders that are reading below grade level to attend a three week literacy program in the summer. However, this year first- and second-graders from Perquimans Central have been invited to attend  to prevent the summer reading slump.

Dani White, the Read to Achieve Camp Coordinator, said the camp lasts three weeks and is short and intense. First- and second-graders have three 90-minute blocks of guided reading, writing and word study, while third-graders spend their blocks working on portfolios and other personalized technology programs.

White said the camp is designed to keep the children interested in learning by creating a fun environment centered on animals. During the day, students get a 90-minute class that includes art, reader’s theater activities and guest speakers. Students have the opportunity to make crafts, like paper plate snakes, gecko key chains and tissue paper birds. They also get to act out stories about animals. White said that she also invited two guest speakers to share facts and stories about animals. Last week, Michele Lawrence from Perquimans Library read stories to the children, and this week a speaker from the Edenton Fish Hatchery will speak.

White said that preliminary data shows students are benefiting from the camp.

“This has been an amazing opportunity for the students,” she said. “They are able to cultivate their reading strategies while refining their skills so that they can be prepared for the next school year.”

The Read to Achieve camp is scheduled to end on Thursday allowing students another month of summer break before the first day of school on Aug. 27.

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