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Project Summer Stride

Project Summer Stride is a weekly program to provide tutoring and support over the summer to young children who are struggling with reading. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Follow the Summer Stride journey by reading the posts below.

This post was written by Project Summer Stride tutor, Julia Dixon.

Have you ever gone shopping for 18 children? Me neither--until last Friday, that is. Rebecca K. and I braved the tax-free weekend rush to stock up on paper, pencils, glue, scissors, and a host of other scholastic accoutrements for our Summer Striders’ last day.

Have you ever gone shopping for 18 children? Me neither--until last Friday, that is. Rebecca K. and I braved the tax-free weekend rush to stock up on paper, pencils, glue, scissors, and a host of other scholastic accoutrements for our Summer Striders’ last day.

For the final Project Summer Stride session we had a party to celebrate a great summer of reading!

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.

The special focus of Week Seven was financial literacy, and lessons about money were woven into many of the day's activities.

After six weeks, the Project Summer Stride tutors and students have developed a wonderful rapport. The children are very antsy during the welcome activities as they constantly glance to see if their tutor has arrived.

This post was written by Kassie Mae Miller from USC's Office of Program Evaluation.

For week five, the children had a special treat - a visit from storyteller, Darion McCloud. After breakfast, tutoring time and lunch, the children gathered on a quilt to hear folk stories and other tales come alive through the magic of storytelling.

This post was written by Julia Dixon, Project Summer Stride Tutor.

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