Earlier this year, The Tennessee Department of Education launched a statewide Read to be Ready Campaign. Read to be Ready is a coordinated approach to move third grade reading proficiency in Tennessee to 75 percent by 2025.
The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of reading, unite efforts to address the reading gap, highlight best practices, and build partnerships. Along with this campaign, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation donated one million dollars to the department for summer reading programs. The department received over two hundred proposals from across the state in April. From these proposals, only 12 programs from were originally chosen to receive funding.
Cannon County Schools had the only proposal in the Upper Cumberland Region that was originally selected. Camp Read to be Ready was created and designed by Cannon County teachers. This grant is designed to support our students even after the last day of school.
Camp Read to be Ready provides students with a total reading experience where books take life in relation to our community. Students are given the opportunity to read, think, talk, and write about various texts in relation to our focus of learning. Throughout the program, we will partner with many community agencies to provide experiences aimed at broadening horizons, closing skill gaps, and eliminating the summer slide. The ultimate goal for Camp Read to be Ready is to make books come to life for our students. We want these incredible children to read and write daily in a fun way related to what they are formulating in their mind.
The first session of Camp Read to be Ready allows students to experience Camp Reading Rangers. Twenty four students are becoming backyard naturalists. Students are learning about and discussing animals, insects, and plants in their native habitat. This is all occurring under the guidance of Co-directors Melisha Simmons and MaryBeth Young. Campers are also being instructed by Troop Leaders Lori Christensen, Kathy Gannon, Emily Hughes, and Joy Pope. This team of teachers is working diligently to ensure Cannon County students make the most of their summer.
There are some things you can do at home to help your child during the summer months. The single most important thing you can do to help your child succeed is to read with them for twenty minutes each day! Ask your child to give you a verbal summary of what they have heard or read and ask them specific questions about the text. The conversations you have around a story can make a profound impact on your children.