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Camp Read 2 Learn Promotes Summer Reading

Camp Read 2 Learn Promotes Summer Reading

Thirty participants spend three weeks reading lots of books


Retired teacher Sue Lane helps a student read at Camp Read 2 Learn on July 26, 2016 at the Scotland Park Elementary School library.



For the second year, Camp Read 2 Learn is helping WFISD students stay focused on books throughout the hot summer months.


Thirty students are attending the three-week camp on summer mornings at Scotland Park Elementary School from July 18 through August 4.


Volunteer readers who helped students read during the school year are coming again this summer to the northside school to keep students reading.


According to the National Summer Learning Association, children can lose two or three months of reading gains during the summer if they don’t keep reading. This camp is designed to prevent that, said camp coordinator Stacie Watson, also the Scotland Park librarian.


The camp was the brainchild of WFISD Superintendent Mike Kuhrt, she said. “He wanted to see if it would benefit kids to keep them from regressing.”


Ms. Watson tested all participating students on Day 1 of the camp to pinpoint their reading and comprehension levels. They will be tested again on the final day of camp to see if and how much their reading has improved.


“I think they’re enjoying it,” she said. The camp also includes special kid-friendly presentations by visiting community members,  like TV weatherman Kevin Selle and representatives from the Food Bank, Wild Bird Rescue and River Bend Nature Center. Children also receive free lunches and a free T-shirt.


Some don’t particularly enjoy reading, but they’re encouraged to do it anyway. “We tell them, ‘This is good for you,’” said Ms. Watson. She brought her eighth-grade son, Kaden, to the Camp to read to the campers.


After reading a book to one little girl, Kaden quizzed her with the five-question comprehension test.  “You did very good,” he told her. “You got five out of five.”



McNiel Middle School eighth grader Kaden Watson reads a book aloud to a Camp Read 2 Learn participant.


Retired teacher Sue Lane was also helping a student read. She taught junior high students for 25 years but had always wanted to be a first-grade reading teacher. “I love books,” she said. “I do Read 2 Learn during the school year. When I heard there was a camp for it, I said, ‘Sign me up.’ It’s really rewarding. These kids are sweet. So many people should come and help. I think they’d really enjoy it.”


In the past school year, 410 community members volunteered with WFISD’s popular Read 2 Learn program. Volunteers visit a local school to spend 30 minutes reading to a second-grader to help him read at grade level by third-grade.