Project Summer Stride: Week Eight
We had perfect attendance for Week Eight. Several children have missed sessions over the past few weeks, but all of the PSS children showed up ready to read this week. We started the day by reading A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. Of all the books we've read this summer, I think the children enjoyed this story the most. They all sat still and stared as poor Camilla turned all different colors and patterns. At the end of the story, the children all agreed that they did not ever want to catch those stripes!
All of our adult volunteers were also able to lend a hand this week. We have had the help of four wonderful and caring adult volunteers this summer for Project Summer Stride. Most of them are school teachers who have joined our team while off for summer break. Their help has been instrumental to the success of the program. Both the library staff and the children are so glad they have been a part of the Summer Stride family.
The tutors soon arrived, paired up with their students, and got to work. The tutors and children spread all around the room during tutoring time. We have many small tables set up for the pairs. Others choose to sit on the stage in the auditorium to work on their reading. The tutors do an outstanding job of gauging the mood of their child each session, and then pick a tutoring location and activities to suit the child's needs that day. We are lucky to have such caring and flexible tutors.
After tutoring time and lunch, the children enjoyed art time with Ms. Kristi from Richland Library Sandhills. She read to the children and sang songs before leading them in an art project based on the book Perfect Square by Michael Hall. The children used brightly colored squares of paper to create unique shapes and pictures. They love to create art to take home to their friends and family.
Next week, Week Nine, will be our last session of Project Summer Stride. We are hosting the families and tutors for a party that day, after tutoring time, to celebrate our amazing Summer Striders!
- IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Project Summer Stride is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.