Cabarrus County Schools hosted Read to Achieve (RtA) reading camps for rising 3rd and 4th graders at four school sites during July — Irvin Elementary, Rocky River Elementary, Coltrane Webb Elementary, and Royal Oaks Elementary. A total of 439 students attended the reading camps and closed out the experience by showcasing their writing, art, and science work.
"I hope that the students gain a sense of pride from the work done (at camp)," shared RtA Program Coordinator Margaret Cutberthson.
The Summer Read to Achieve Camp focused on reading skills as students completed lessons to support reading fluency, comprehension, and phonics skills. In addition, students used art to spark descriptive writing and worked on inquiry-based science lessons.
Special thanks to the Cabarrus County Education Foundation and the Greater Cabarrus Reading Association for a generous donation that enabled each student to walk away with one new book at the end of the reading camp.
Overview of the North Carolina Read to Achieve
The Read to Achieve Program is a part of the Excellent Public Schools Act which became law in July of 2012 and applied to all schools at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Through the implementation of this program, it is the "goal of the State to ensure that every student read at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continue to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success". Learn more by clicking here.