My students are from a very poor neighborhood. Some are being raised by grandparents or aunts. Very few have both parents in the home. Many have 6 to 13 children living in the home. Most families do not have any form of transportation so other than school and Walmart, they do not get to go anywhere else. We are a Title I school, around 95% qualify for free lunch.
They are so precious to me.
They are also, very well behaved and want to learn all they can. They just want to know they are loved and be given the same opportunities as other children.
Our theme is Camp Read-a-Lot and we are asking for any kind of child sized camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, folding chairs, fishing poles, etc) for us to create reading spaces, gift cards, stuffed animals, or anything children would enjoy. We will award any donations at the end of the camp to our top readers. These students (primarily from low-income neighborhoods) who have completed grades 1-5 have never been exposed to the great outdoors, been camping, fishing, etc. because of the low-income area they live in. We want to open the world up to them through reading and special "camping" related activities.
Kids who read over the summer are more likely to leap ahead when they return to school.
Kids who do not read over the summer experience something called the “summer slide.”
The purpose of our camp is to improve students' reading ability by giving them the opportunity to hear stories, interact with others about what they've read, select books of interest, practice reading, and choose books to take home to keep.
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