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69 students to immerse themselves in reading and writing this July

Reading College

Sixty-nine Grade 2 students from across Red Deer Public Schools have started the best July ever while improving their reading and writing skills along the way.

The program takes place at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic.

For the entire month, Reading College students will be immersed in a literacy rich environment, while being supported by mentor teachers as well as recent graduate teachers of Red Deer Polytechnic. Students will also enjoy fun activities each day throughout the post secondary institution, which will further enhance their excitement about reading and writing and introduce them to possibilities for their future.

“Third grade reading levels are one of the best predictors of high school graduation. Reading College helps struggling readers become readers of potential,” said Sue Carmichael, Program Coordinator of Reading College. “Reading College is a fantastic program that inspires kids to read and write to ensure they are ready and excited to enter Grade 3.”

“Even with summer holidays just starting, kids and parents were excited when they got on the bus yesterday morning to start Reading College. In 20 days, we will see significant improvement using approaches that have demonstrated real success. Students will be working hard at reading and writing, but also playing hard with lots of great literacy-based activities around RDP,” said Kristine Plastow, Chair of the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools. “All the programs the Foundation supports creates life chances for students. Reading College gives these students foundational skills that will help them be more successful in school.”

In its 12th year, Reading College is a project of the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools. The program would not be possible without financial support from many community partners including from the Central Alberta Optimist Clubs and Tim Hortons through their Smile Cookie Campaign.

Graduation ceremonies for Reading College students will take place on July 28 at 11 a.m. in the main gymnasium at Red Deer Polytechnic.

For more information regarding Reading College, click here.

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