Summer camp working to reduce learning loss

Summer camp

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Studies show each summer many students lose the things they’ve learned during the school year, that’s especially true for those from lower income families.

“Lower income students typically lose two to three months of reading, especially reading skill level during the summer where as middle income students will actually gain ground during the summer,” said Paul Neville, Director of NorthStar Youth Ministries.

Birmingham Southern College has partnered with NorthStar Youth Ministry for nearly 10 years to host a six-week summer camp designed to reverse summer learning loss for at-risk youth ages 6 to 12.

The program provides academic enrichment, recreational activities and local field trips. Every activity, even swimming lessons, are done with the classroom in mind.

“[Learning to swin] that’s a safety issue but it’s also a confidence building issue and when they feel good, when they gain confidence in one area then they can apply that in their reading and in other areas,” said Neville

Students from Birmingham Southern and Samford University serve as camp counselors, teachers and coordinators.




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