TEACH Foundation donates funds for summer reading camp

Six-week initiative helps students experience reading gains

For the third consecutive year, the TEACH Foundation contributed financial support to the Darlington County School District’s (DCSD) summer reading program.

Matthew Ferguson, English/language arts and social studies coordinator for the Darlington County School District, said the donation is vital to the summer reading program’s success. “The TEACH Foundation has been an indispensable partner in expanding Darlington County School District’s Summer Reading Camp,” he said. “All students who participate in this summer opportunity experience gains in reading. Many even enter the next academic year reading on grade-level. Our partnership with the TEACH Foundation has made great strides in placing these students on the path of career and college readiness.”

The summer reading camp, this year following along with the Darlington County Library System’s theme of “Ready, Set, Read,” provides extensive instructional time for young students who were reading below grade level at the end of the school year.

Sharman Poplava, executive director for the TEACH Foundation, said the foundation is thankful young students have the opportunity to attend the summer reading camp. “Research shows that young children can lose up to two to three months of reading ability over a summer break," she said. “The TEACH Foundation commends the Darlington County School District for making this camp available to those students who make achievement gains during the school year and often experience loss in achievement over the summer."

The reading camp, which begins June 6 and continues for six weeks at Thornwell School for the Arts, received a $28,600 donation from the Foundation this year.