By Danielle Lambert.
For the first time in its history, the Malverne School District is hosting Camp Read-A-Lot for select third- through fifth-grade students of the district.
This pilot summer program is designed to keep students connected to good books and to reinforce reading strategies that will help them become more successful as they move forward in their education.
The program is run by three elementary teachers – Donna Classie, Amanda Correia and Marguerite Robles – and 10 high school mentors who have been trained in the literacy techniques.
Camp Read-A-Lot was designed to incorporate music and fine arts, as well as integrate technology and the use of Smart Boards. Local walking trips to enhance the camp reading and writing projects are also planned for the summer. These include visits to the library, CSTL at Tanglewood, and local banks and post offices, all of which will relate to the planned readings. Camp songs, team sports and reader's theater will also be a part of this new and innovative summer camp curriculum.
Camp is scheduled to run every two weeks, with a one-week break in between sessions, throughout the summer. 1