BURLINGTON, N.C. -- This summer kids at the Newlin Camp are not only learning about fun in the sun but also about reading.
The camp at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Burlington is in partnership with Harvey Newlin Elementary School. The school is a Title 1 school with 95% of its students on free and reduced lunch. As part of the partnership a select group of rising 3rd graders attend the week long camp. The camp helps students learn to work together, build friendships, and build upon their reading skills. It also provides them with unique enrichment programs.
WFMY News 2's Weigh 2 Go Carrie Hodgin spent the morning with the students on Friday. She was there as Elon University Football players presented the excited campers with free t-shirts. The players helped provide activities like flag-football for the kids during the week-long camp.
But a unique part of the program allows for a guest reader to visit the camp. Hodgin gathered with the students in the auditorium and shared about her own years in school. Then she read the book, "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein with the young campers. Hodgin says there's nothing like the magical world of picture books. She also wanted to read the book because it's about love.
WFMY News 2 has teamed up with the Guilford County Schools for Read 2 Succeed to encourage students to read with a challenge of reading 3 million books by the end of each school year. The Good Morning Show visits schools during the year to get students pumped up about reading.