Summer reading camp keeps kids on track
BAKERSVILLE – Dozens of students attended the Mitchell County Schools’ summer reading camp that ended July 21.
Students from the county’s three elementary schools participated in the camp, which takes place in June and July at Mitchell High School.
Teachers from all three schools were involved with the camp.
The goal of the camp is to help students avoid the “summer slide,” as it’s known, said Kristie Autrey, the school system’s curriculum director.
“Over the summer, students can regress in their reading level,” she said., since they’re not in school practicing the skills on a daily basis.”
Students who attend the camp return to school in the fall at the same reading level or better than they finished at the previous year, she said.
The theme for the camp this year was “the ocean.” Students learned about marine life, coastal erosion and the harmful effects of pollution. There were plenty of hands-on activities, too.
“We integrated science to appeal to students,” Autrey said. She said science includes a lot of reading and a lot of writing.