The generous donation of over $7,500 from Coaching for Literacy and International Paper allowed MTR Camp to purchase students’ literacy materials. The academic summer camp aims to reduce the summer learning loss that disproportionately affects students in under-resourced communities. MTR Camp uses a camp environment to support students in two under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods maintain or grow in skills like reading level and sight word recognition.
Students were surveyed to share their favorite part of MTR Camp, and one camper said, “Reading because it is fun.” The goal of MTR Camp is that students would capture a love for learning and reading, and the support from Coaching for Literacy and its affiliate sponsors helped that become true for Memphis students this summer.
Through the support of Coaching for Literacy and International Paper, campers had access to online reading material that provided books to them at their individual reading level, supplies for creative reading games, and 200 additional books for the library.
As a result of these interventions, 95% of campers maintained or grew in their reading level during the 2018 camp term. Over the course of the 5-week academic camp, campers demonstrated an average of 1.7 months of reading level growth. Additionally, campers recognized an average of 77 new sight words, which are commonly used words students memorize to avoid having to regularly decode them. 87% of campers maintained or grew in the number of sight words recognized.
This August in Memphis, participating students started the school year having gained or maintained valuable literacy skills that better prepared them to meet the opportunities and challenges of the next grade level.
Coaching for Literacy’s partnership with MTR Camp would not be possible without the support from generous donors. Together we can create lifelong readers by celebrating the love of literacy.