School may be out for the summer, but learning hasn’t stopped at Edinboro University.
Dozens of local, elementary-age children are taking part in Edinboro’s fourth annual summer reading program, a 5-week summer camp that began on June 11. Featuring Edinboro student-leaders from the Early Childhood and Reading Department, the literacy initiative emphasizes the importance of daily reading and aims to prevent summer learning loss.
Participating children will showcase their improved reading abilities at a culminating performance on Thursday, July 12, at 1 p.m. in Butterfield Hall, Room 134.
“Research shows that students who do not participate in summer learning activities are at risk of losing the reading proficiencies and knowledge they acquired during the school year,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, interim dean of Edinboro’s School of Education. “Improving literacy is key to overcoming the challenges of poverty and to helping these students be successful throughout their lives.”
Participants were divided into groups based on their reading levels at the beginning of the program and receive individualized instruction from Edinboro University education majors each day. More than 50 children, ages 3 to 12, have attended the tutoring sessions.
Dr. Mary Jo Melvin, chairperson of the Early Childhood and Reading Department, said the summer program is a great opportunity for Edinboro students to sharpen their teaching skills and to promote literacy in the Edinboro community.
“This program is one of the many ways that we prepare our students for successful teaching careers,” said Dr. Melvin, who launched the summer reading program in 2015. “The students are gaining hands-on experience and discovering the importance of adapting the curriculum to the learning needs of each child. By teaching these children to love reading, we are establishing a foundation for lifelong learning.”
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