The Spartanburg Academic Movement's effort to improve student achievement in reading, provided grants to local school districts to provide summer reading camps to rising second graders. The goal was to prevent/eliminate the summer slide factor early in a child's skill development rather than waiting until gaps showed up in third grade test scores, the point at which the state requires intervention.
News outlets highlighted efforts by grant recipients participating in this proactive approach to improvement students achievement:
Reading Programs Seek To Prevent Summer Slide
Spartanburg Herald Journal: June 9, 2017
Spartanburg, SC - Teachers, parents and child care providers are working to prevent local students’ reading skills from slipping during the summer months.
The “summer slide,” as it’s been called, refers to the negative impact time away from the classroom can have on students and the knowledge they retain. Efforts to reduce that problem locally can be found in summer reading camps and special instruction at schools, child care facilities and local colleges. Read more
District 7 Reading Program Mixes Pups and Paperbacks
Spartanburg Herald Journal: June 19, 2017
Six-year-old Claire Reed, a rising second-grader in Spartanburg School District 7, is just one of a handful of students who got the opportunity to read to a couple of new canine companions on Monday.
Each Monday morning in June, a group of students between second and fourth grade from all over District 7 come to Houston Elementary School and are given the opportunity to read children’s books to dogs provided by the Spartanburg Humane Society. Read more
Upstate School District Uses Social Media To Encourage, Reward, Summer Learning
Watch here WYFF4: June 27, 2017
Spartanburg School District 2 Says Summer Learning Program Producing Positive Results
Watch here WSPA: June 21, 2017