Students Build Skills in Summer Reading Program
This summer, Charleston County School District offered its first-annual Summer Reading Program for rising second grade students at Memminger and Mitchell Elementary Schools.
The program began July 13 and continued until July 23. Ten tutors at Memminger and eight tutors at Mitchell have donated their time and expertise to provide the students with intensive—but fun and interactive—reading instruction and practice. The volunteers include current teachers, former teachers, and members of the faith-based community.
Participants have completed four hours of instruction each weekday. Each highly-intensive program serves six or seven children, providing every participant with individualized and one-on-one attention. In addition to building reading skills, the program has included mathematics and art activities. Joseph Baldino with the South Of Broadway Theatre Company has also provided drama instruction at both schools. Students have enjoyed breakfast and lunch each day, which has been provided by the District's Office of Food Service.
The program has been made possible through partnerships with and financial contributions of Grace Episcopal Church, Morris Street Baptist Church, and Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry. Donated funds have been used to purchase games, conduct learning activities, and buy art supplies for the participants.