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Summer reading camps keep students engaged in learning

July 11, 2016

More than 200 students from 14 elementary schools enjoyed books and busy mornings thanks to Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation and the donors and supporters of the annual Summer Reading Camps program.

The annual camp was designed to engage students in reading and literacy and serve as one way to help prevent "the summer slide" in student learning during the break from school.

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 over 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.

In addition to reading and math opportunities for students, the foundation continued a partnership with SaskSport to offer afternoon play activities at four locations, and the support of the summer snack program will provide lunch to students at five schools.

Participating schools for were: Caroline Robins, Caswell Hill, Confederation Park, Fairhaven, Howard Coad, King George, Mayfair, North Park Wilson, Pleasant Hill, Princess Alexandra, Sutherland, Vincent Massey, W.P. Bate and Westmount.