Camp Read-A-Lot has begun in Elizabethton City Schools, giving 30 students in first through third grade the opportunity to explore the world through literature. The theme this year is time travel, and each week, students will visit Colonial America, Egypt, Rome, and Medieval Europe!
“It’s hard to measure students’ attitudes towards reading, but I think this makes reading a fun and enjoyable experience for students who are normally stressed out by reading or feel that they can’t read well,” she said. “When they leave camp, we want them to be motivated to explore new worlds through books and confident in their reading and writing skills.”
Hartsook said the camp allows teachers to work closely with students in small groups, which helps build confidence and skills. In addition, students get to take home a book to keep and add to their home libraries nearly every day of camp.
The program began June 4 and wraps up June 29. It is funded by the Tennessee Department of Education Read to be Ready Grant and federal funding, amounting to a combined $34,800. The program is aligned with the state Read to be Ready goal of 75 percent of third grade students reading on grade level by 2025.
“There were a lot of success stories last year of children who had little interest in reading but found a series or book they loved,” Hartsook said. “We’re hoping to repeat many of those successes this year.”