Proceeds from Coaching for Literacy’s inaugural Revitalizing Literacy Through Sports event enabled 23 children, out of 240 registered campers, to attend MTR Camp this year for five weeks of academic enrichment in a summer camp atmosphere.
MTR Camp is a program of Memphis Teacher Residency, which gives students in partner low-income Memphis neighborhoods the quality of education that is available to any Memphis student by recruiting and training effective teachers within a Christian context.
Research shows that students can lose up to two to three months of reading ability during the summer months. MTR Camp seeks to develop a love of reading and learning while reducing regression in academic subjects.
MTR Camp is a paid summer internship for college students interested in urban education. A senior at Mississippi State in Elementary Education, Candice James, would say she has learned more than she has taught this summer.
“It is so rewarding to watch a child learn something new or simply remember a lesson I taught the day before,” said Candice. “Our goal is to cultivate a child’s love for learning.”
The summer interns taught at three MTR partner schools: Cornerstone Prep-Lester Campus, Hanley Aspire Elementary School and Kingsbury Elementary School. Academic skills from the previous school year are taught in the morning and the Enrichment program is offered in the afternoon, providing an opportunity for campers to develop their creative talents in new areas such as art and drama. The children grew on average a month and half (.14 grade levels) in reading this summer.