During a couple of weeks in the summer, some Newberry Elementary students are gearing up their reading skills for the upcoming school year.
The Summer Bridge Reading Program for upcoming first through third grades began Monday and will run through Aug.10 and was made possible through Title One grant funds, according to Newberry Elementary Principal Reggie Wicker.
This is the first year for the free bridge program and Wicker explains that the students who had some challenges with their reading skills were taken into consideration by their teachers as well as the Dominie assessment, which is a reading assessment used for first through third graders.
All parents were notified about the bridge program and how their children may receive assistance and get more one-on-one attention from the teachers.
However, for each grade level, there were no more than 12 students that were contacted about the bridge program, according to Wicker.
There are three classes taught by Bethany Counts, Trina Randall and Angie Lown who all volunteered their time during the couple of weeks.
Just on the first day, there were almost 20 eager students wanting to get a heads up on the upcoming school year.
The teachers all pick out books appropriate for the kids to read on their level and the rising second and third graders even went with a theme to make reading more enjoyable.
Books are read and journals are recorded as well as other activities to help the students retain their skills.
Since the program runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m., transportation is even taken care of as a bus picks up and drops off the children at their homes if they do not have a ride.
This service along with the bridge program is of no charge thanks to the Title One grant.