The Reading Fire Stays Lit

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The district Summer Learning Program welcomed pre-k students through fifth graders for the inaugural LitCamp at Bowling Green Elementary School during the month of July.

Developed by Director of Literacy and Funded Programs Frank Lukasik and staff throughout the elementary schools. The camp serves as a forum for reading, discussion, writing and learning while also enjoying songs and games together. At LitCamp, students participate in projects and activities to strengthen their literacy and mathematics skills.

One of the themes discussed at the camp is the seven strengths – belonging, friendship, kindness, curiosity, courage, confidence and hope. By acknowledging their own strengths, students can begin to see themselves as readers who are facing struggles with joy and purpose. 

“We work toward developing fluency, comprehension and stamina, as well as strengthening students’ self-concept while building resilience,” said Mr. Lukasik.

Activities include partner reading, book reviews, class discussions and one of the most enjoyed stations, “Bunk Tent Time” where students created “camp-like” tents in the classrooms for silent reading. During “Bunk Tent Time,” students select their own books to match the day’s theme.

Mr. Lukasik encourages families to continue developing the lessons and skills their children learned at LitCamp while at home.

“When you sing together, read together, share family stories and talk together, you are helping your student become a strong reader,” he said.