Mid-Summer Camp Check-In

Posted by: Ashley Harp

School’s out for summer!

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It has been six weeks since the end of the school year and we’re right in the middle of the St. Lawrence Place summer camp- which is largely literacy-based.


Our annual summer camp, which currently consists of 30 children, some of whom reside at St. Lawrence Place and others who live at Family Shelter or the surrounding community, is held for 10 weeks.  This year, St. Lawrence Place received funding from Central Carolina Community Foundation to implement a literacy-based program during the summer and 2013-2014 school year with the intention to maintain current grade-level reading and/or improve reading levels.  All children were assessed for their reading level at the beginning of camp and will be assessed at the end of camp to measure stability and improvement.

Numerous events and activities have been planned for the summer, including 45 minutes of daily reading and journaling, Barnes and Noble Book Challenge, and Richland County Public Library 2013 Summer Reading Challenge. Field trips include a literacy-based scavenger hunt at EdVenture, a visit to Atria Assisted Living to read to the elderly, USC’s Pigskin Poets at RCPL and Cocky’s Reading Express, and a cultural lunch at Tio’s.

The Barnes and Noble Book Challenge involves children reading 8 books during the summer in order to earn a free book.  Below is a picture of rising kindergarten and first grade campers at Barnes and Noble picking out their free books.

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The campers wrote a “Thank You” letter and made a poster for the Barnes and Noble located at 3400 Forest Dr. Suite 1032, Columbia.

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We would like to thank the summer lunch volunteers and donors, Foster Grandparents from Senior Resources, Brockman Elementary teachers, First Presbyterian Church, Shandon Presbyterian Church, Women in Philanthropy, Women of Intel and all other volunteers for helping us thus far!