“Research shows that young children can lose up to two to three months of reading ability over a summer break. 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."
--Sharman Poplava, executive director of the TEACH Foundation.
The Darlington County School District, with the help of PULSE, offers a summer reading camp for students who do not demonstrate reading proficiency by the end of third grade, a key measurement of future academic success. The TEACH Foundation enhanced the camp by donating funds to extend it to students in 4K, 5K and first and second grades, offering 5.5 hours of instruction each day.
The program exceeded its four months reading proficiency improvement, demonstrating an average improvement of six months of reading proficiency growth gained over the six-week-long camp.
The summer reading program is open to 150 students each year.