Last year, Jamestown Public Schools successfully piloted a new, research-based summer program at Ring Elementary School for first through third graders called Scholastic LitCamp. In order to serve more Jamestown elementary school students, JPS will be expanding LitCamp to additional sites this summer. The Jamestown PROMISE Fund provided the curriculum for last summer’s LitCamp and is asking for the community’s help to raise funds to purchase additional Scholastic LitCamp curriculum for additional sites..
JPS LitCamps address the concern that a significant number of JPS students are having trouble reading at a third grade level at the end of the third grade year. Although they do make progress during the school year, they may inevitably succumb to the summer slide that takes place in July and August when students miss out on the learning resources found in the Jamestown Schools.
Last summer’s LitCamp was a great success!
“The summer LitCamp program targeted students entering first through third grades who needed to improve their literacy skills,” said JPS Director of Schools Tina Sandstrom. “On average, the students made gains in five weeks that they typically would be expected to gain in a 10-week period of time during the school year. This acceleration of growth during the summer is noteworthy as summer break can oftentimes result in learning loss for some students. To have a group of readers make substantial gains over the summer in their reading is highly encouraging and cause for celebration. We saw very good growth in literacy for the students who participated in the intensive summer LitCamp in just five weeks.”
The objectives of the Scholastic LitCamps are to:
- Help students read at a third grade level by the completion of 3rd grade
- Provide a nurturing and secure environment for students, allowing them to grow their social skills and develop friendships, while improving reading proficiency
- Help prevent the summer slide that so many students experience
- Give students the tools to excel in their scholastic and social/emotional environments
According to Dr. Lillian Ney, President of the PROMISE Fund Advisory Board, “By helping to provide LitCamp curriculum, the PROMISE Fund is committed to assisting with the growth of LitCamp to other elementary school locations within the school district given the demonstrated success of LitCamp.”