Tennessee Education Commissioner Candace McQueen wants to make sure our students are “reading to be ready!”
A summer camp at Bartlett City Schools camp aims to increase the percentage of third grade students ready proficiently to 75% by 2025. The students read, write, and take-home books to improve their reading skills during the summer.
“There is statistics that say children who don’t read during the summer have a huge gap when they come back to school because they’re trying to catch up. The goal for our camp is to make sure that all the progress they’ve gained in the previous year is not lost, so we’re keeping them engaged,” said Lee Loft with the Read to be Ready Camp.
The camp is thanks to the $1-million donation from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and the $30 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
The money funds at least the next five years of the program.