Incoming kindergarten through 8th grade students in a summer learning camp each year developed through a partnership between the Deer/Mt. Judea School District and the Newton County ARt program. The two primary goals of the program, which lasts eight days, are to help students discover the rewards of reading, and to maintain or increase end-of-school year reading levels. The camp uses themes to engage students in reading, science, and art. In 2016:
- Twenty six K-8 students participated in the program.
- The camp theme was “Connections” so the science focus was on electrical connectivity, the art lesson combined students’ individual artwork into one large mural, and the feature book was about a family having trouble connecting with each other.
- Almost a third (31 percent) increased their reading scores between the spring and the fall, by an average of 8.75 points.
For more details, view the program’s profile.