Lauderdale County Schools offer summer reading camp

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LAUDERDALE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - Summer vacation continues for students across our area, but some are taking a summer class at Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School that is focused on reading and mastering reading skills.

“Our district received a grant from the state department to do this, and we’re providing extra reading instruction for the month of June for students so that we keep going right through the summer and we continue to try to address any reading skill deficits,” says Lisa Shelly, the principal of Northeast Elementary School.

About 66 2nd and 3rd grade students are coming each day to the reading camp.

“We’re addressing test taking skills, we’re addressing phonics, and we’re addressing reading comprehension, both for informational literature as well as literary texts,” Shelly says.

The camp is also an opportunity for students who did not pass the 3rd grade reading test to master their skills. Shelly says the students who did not pass the test should believe in themselves.

“[Reading is] going to be the key that unlocks so many things for them, so both with kids and with parents, we just keeping trying to develop those skills every year to get students where they need to be in their reading levels,” Shelly explains.

Shelly says she is thankful for the team effort put in to make this camp possible.

“I’m grateful for the staff for participating as well, they’ve been on fire and just really trying to be creative and make sure that they make it fun but also that we really work during the camp,” Shelly says. “And we’re grateful for parents for their participation as well to make sure that they get their kids up.”

The summer reading camp is every Monday through Friday until the end of June. The camp is also being held at Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School. The next 3rd grade reading test will be offered sometime at the end of June.