Saturday, July 12, 2014

2014-2015 JLSA Summer Reading Camp

July 13, 2014, by Amanda Shippey

Service to the community does not stop over the summer for the Junior League of San Antonio. In fact, this is the season where one of our life changing projects, Reading Camp, is put on. Reading Camp is an event hosted by the Junior League of San Antonio. This two-week event is dedicated to improving the academic skills of students in San Antonio. "Giggles fill the air as wide-eyed children stare at the reader with a sense of wonder. Students find a new found joy in reading and writing.  They blossom with curiosity!” Elizabeth Kreager, Reading Camp Volunteer explains the atmosphere for this remarkable event.

Holding this camp is crucial to developing the skills of students over the summer. “Studies show that children experience a decline in their reading level over the summer months.  The Junior League tries to help bridge that gap by providing books to these children." Reading Camp chair, Samantha Beyer tells us. Leading us to believe that implementation of this camp is crucial to improving the lives of San Antonio area children.

Students that attended camp this year were immersed in a curriculum full of reading, science, arts and crafts. The two week course focused on a central theme, habitats. When the camp concluded, students were able to take home a bag full of goodies, a t-shirt, and 9 books to help them continue building their literacy skills.

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