Fluvanna Schools Incorporate Reading, Writing Back into Summer Programs
Fluvanna County educators are finding a way to sneak literature into a summer camp for kids. Reading and writing are back in the game after budget cuts forced Fluvanna to cut summer school programs.
The Extended Education Summer Program has offered parents a place to send their kids from morning to night during summer break for 13 years, and this is the first time reading is part of the daily fun.
Campers are turning the page on a new chapter for Fluvanna County's Extended Education Summer Program at Central Elementary.
"We get to do reading programs and it's really fun," said Tess Ngov, a fifth-grader.
Reading time and library field trips are peppered in with tennis lessons, bouncy houses, and basketball games.
"We're trying to give them more enrichment and give them the opportunity to have a little bit of educational balance with their fun this summer," said Gary Greenwood, Fluvanna County Public Schools director of Extended Education.
Elementary school principals came up with the proposal for a storybook summer since Fluvanna's tight budget eliminated summer school programs.
"We call it the 'summer slide,' and it's just so important for children to spend time with the right books and to enjoy reading," said Sue Davies, principal of Central Elementary School.
The students will end the summer program as published authors.
"They'll be writing their own books and reading those to one another," said Davies.
And 20 minutes of daily reading has its rewards.
"Every three days we get ice cream if we read," said Ngov.
But exploring the adventures on the book's pages is enough of a treat for Ngov.
"I think it's fun because you get to read about someone or something else that's happening," said Ngov.
This summer program pays for itself through student fees for each day they're in attendance.
Central Elementary is continuing the storybook theme this upcoming school year with a program called "Central Stars Reading and Succeeding."
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