Spearman announces $770K in summer reading camp grants

Spearman announces $770K in summer reading camp grants

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Department of Education has announced that 14 school districts and organizations will receive $700,000 through the Summer Reading Camp Community Partnership Grant.

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said in a news release Monday that the grant is meant to expand existing summer reading camps that help stop summer reading loss.

The camps provide elementary school students who are significantly below grade-level reading proficiency with the opportunity to receive intensive instruction. Grant sites strategize ways to increase consistent student attendance.

Among the grant recipients, four reading programs in Midlands school districts will be receiving a portion of the funds:

Aiken School District: $42,000 to The Salvation Army Nancy Moore-Thurmond Boys and Girls Club
Clarendon School District 2: $45,000 to Clemson Extension; Harvin Clarendon County Library; MadScience of Myrtle Beach
Kershaw School District: $50,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands; Kershaw County Department of Parks and Recreation
Saluda School District: $23,000 to Clemson Cooperative Extension Office; Saluda County 4H

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