United Way of St. Charles Funds St. Rose Summer Camp,
Promotes Literacy for At-Risk Pre-K Students
United Way of St. Charles is once again funding a grant for St. Rose Elementary School’s Pre-K Summer Camp in the amount of $17,749. The grant will provide an intensive 12-day Summer Camp for 30 at-risk pre-school students before they enter Kindergarten at St. Rose Elementary in August 2016.
"The program helps to prepare Pre-K students with early literacy Kindergarten skills and makes the transition to Kindergarten so much easier," stated Courtney Peltier and Courtney Spanolios, teachers at St. Rose Elementary.
The four and five year old students will attend the camp for three hours daily and receive expert reading instruction from a certified teacher. Summer camp begins July 11th and continues until July 28th. Bus transportation will be provided.
Cassie Washington, a St. Rose Elementary parent, knows firsthand the benefits of this camp opportunity. Her daughter attended the summer before she entered Kindergarten in 2015.
"I think it is important to have a Pre-K Camp at St. Rose Elementary because it provided my daughter the foundation of transitioning into grade school. The camp allowed my daughter the opportunity to strengthen her social skills and build her self-confidence,” stated Washington.
“The Pre-K Camp also gave our family the chance to be involved in the readiness of her entering into Kindergarten. Having a Pre-K Camp is very much needed and beneficial!”
Students selected for the program were identified through Head Start, LA4, or 8g Early Childhood classes as “at-risk” during the 2015-2016 school year. The goal of the camp is to increase the number of children entering Kindergarten with adequate literacy development.
United Way of St. Charles is a non-profit organization working to create lasting changes in St. Charles Parish by funding local agencies and developing programs that target education, income and health.
For more information about United Way of St. Charles, visit www.uwaysc.org or call 985-331-9063.