Over the past five years, Lake Elsinore Unified School District has invested in bridging the achievement gap through an award-winning Golden Bell program called Summer Literacy Camp (Summer Lit).
Established in 2016, under the direction of Dr. Alain Guevara, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative & Instructional Technology Support Services, the program aims at preventing the summer slide for students entering kinder through 5th grade who are six months to one year behind in reading.
More than a remediation program, Summer Lit integrates art, STEM, and Language Arts as students set off to explore a different habitat during their six-week interactive reading adventure. This summer students are exploring Habitats Around the World. This program integrates innovative lesson plans with interactive learning to ignite students' love for learning. To encourage steady attendance, students earn one book per week—for a total of six books—to start their home library.
Considering the challenges brought on by the pandemic, the district enhanced this year’s Summer Lit Camp to provide additional literacy and social-emotional support to students. This summer, the district is serving over 1,500 students across 15 elementary school campuses. Program enhancements include the addition of physical education twice a week, math literacy, and daily social/ emotional wellness exercises.
“The additions made to Summer Literacy Camp this year are in line with the district’s mission to build the whole child,” said Dr. Guevara. “We believe that the skills that the skills that students learn over the six weeks prepare them to enter the next grade level with confidence in their literacy and engagement skills.” Results show that students who participate in Summer Lit camp make reading, writing, and social-emotional gains that carry on to the fall.
To learn more about the innovative Summer Literacy Camp contact Dr. Alain Guevara, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative & Instructional Technology Support Services, firstname.lastname@example.org or (951) 253-7115.