KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT)- Read to Achieve is a summer program for third grade students who are not reading up to grade level. The program is required for all counties in North Carolina. The summer camp gives third grade students the opportunity to improve their reading skills and offers remedial instruction in areas such as phonics, phonological awareness, and comprehension. All of those things are in an effort to bring them up to the level of other students entering the fourth grade. Students are tested for reading skills at the end of the camp. Those who still have problems with reading enter a transitional fourth-grade class, where they study fourth-grade subjects but also get extra help with reading.
Mary Beth Moye, a Lenoir County Public School teacher said, “we had a large number of children who did well on our test, so that gave them the opportunity to go into fourth grade. This is like their last chance to prove themselves. I feel like its very beneficial to the children.”
The program lasts for six weeks. Lenoir County Public Schools currently has 140 third graders attending the camp.