DCSD to receive more than $100,000 in grants to expand summer reading camp

DCSD to receive more than $100,000 in grants to expand summer reading camp
Posted on 05/05/2017
Jump Into ReadingDARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County School District will again provide expanded and substantial reading education throughout the summer for students reading below grade level thanks to more than $100,000 in grants.

The grants will help fund the Jump Into Reading summer camp through June and July. The S.C. Department of Education will provide a $75,000 grant, and the TEACH Foundation will devote $29,000. The state previously announced a grant for $37,000, but has since doubled its generous commitment.

The camp will again boast partnerships with the Coker College Wiggins School of Education, the YMCA of the Upper Pee, the TEACH Foundation and Sonoco. During the camp, DCSD teachers and YMCA staff will receive professional development from Coker College professors. The YMCA will also provide day camp opportunities for the students.

Dr. Eddie Ingram, DCSD superintendent, thanked the district’s staff for working to secure grants and the organizations funding the valuable program.

“Summer learning loss is a well-documented problem for students. Children need as much quality exposure to vocabulary acquisition, reading and comprehension as possible,” Ingram said. “Those experiences, coupled with rigor and relevance, will serve to improve children’s academic futures as they move through school. We are excited to once again partner with Coker College, the YMCA and the TEACH Foundation to provide reading opportunities for students this summer. I’m very proud of our staff who took the initiative to secure these funds.”

The grants fund an expansion of the Jump Into Reading summer camp to include transportation and longer hours, which led to increased attendance last year. In years past, some students have shown as much as two grade levels of growth during the camp.

“We know that children who do not read on grade level by the third grade are significantly more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers,” said Sharman Poplava, executive director of the TEACH Foundation. “TEACH believes the earlier we can promote good reading skills, the better chance we have for 3rd grade students to meet the reading level mark. Creating an additional learning environment for these students to succeed is paramount to their success.”