Summer Camp Reading (SCR) is an effective reading program that works with 3rd into 4th grade underachieving students to improve their reading and ready them for successful learning. Paid staff run the program, which includes a director, and at each site two experienced tutors trained in working with struggling readers, a site director and an activities director, who combine reading activities with fun. Volunteers assist. Each day students receive thirty minutes of one on one professional tutoring. Each week students take home books they select. The camp is free and provides meals. Campers earn valuable prizes through an incentive program for attendance and work.
The Target Audience are children from lower income and often broken families, some of whom have members in the criminal justice system.
Why Reading Matters Research sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that over 80% of low-income students are below proficient on the NAEP reading test, and 49% are below basic level. These 6.6 million children are at risk of failing to graduate from high school on time because they will not be proficient readers. Illiteracy leads to joblessness and a greater likelihood of incarceration.
The Solution The Foundation recommends programs that prepare children to succeed in reading before 4th grade, specifically ones that combine literacy enrichment and summer activities, like Summer Camp Reading.
Test Scores at each SCR site showed dramatic improvement in campers. Children initially reading at pre-kindergarten, pre-primary, and first grade levels moved up two to three grades.