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Summer reading camps keep students engaged in learning

July 11, 2016

Dozens of students from 10 elementary schools will enjoy books and busy mornings Aug. 6-9 and Aug. 12-16 thanks to the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation and the donors and supporters of the annual Summer Reading Camps program.

Now in their seventh year, the camps provide an important literacy bridge between June and September reading instruction. They are designed for students who otherwise may not sustain their reading ability over the summer. The camps help students to maintain their reading confidence and prepare students for a good start to the new school year.

Helping children become readers for life, particularly those who struggle to meet grade-level reading, is a key priority for the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation. Providing learning opportunities for children during the summer months when school is out of session is especially important.

Research has shown that student learning can regress during the summer due to limited access to books, an effect educators call summer slide. Summer slide is particularly pronounced in children from low-income families and has been shown to have a cumulative impact. Over time, the loss in learning can result in significant achievement gaps and contribute directly to lower graduation rates.

Participating schools are:  Caswell, Confederation Park, Dundonald, Fairhaven, King George, Mayfair, Pleasant Hill, Princess Alexandra, Westmount, and W.P. Bate.