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Chatham County Schools summer programs and initiatives reach out to students

Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Staff members in Chatham County Schools are reaching out to students in many ways during the summer break. Some focus on academic enrichment while others focus on meeting physical needs of students, like hunger.

Chatham Middle School is reaching out this summer to rising sixth through its 2010-2011 eighth grade class in two ways: 1) by opening the library media center from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. every Tuesday. In addition to being able to check out books, rising Jordan-Matthews ninth graders are encouraged to come and get support of staff as they complete required summer reading and projects for high school freshman English; 2) Rams Read, a summer bookmobile, has over 400 books available for students to check out.

Eight Wednesdays during the summer (ending August 10) staff are volunteering their time between 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to stop for approximately thirty minutes at locations around Siler City where students can easily have access to the library resources.

At North Chatham School, Summer Bridges is in its fifth summer of serving upcoming kindergarten and first grade students. This summer the four-week program has twenty-nine children participating. The focus is on building student confidence and success with dental health by brushing daily, understanding school expectations by checking out library books, positively reinforcing homework, summer safety, healthy snacks and literacy and math learning centers.

Mothers of the children are sometimes able to come and help students as well as learn how to help their children with schoolwork. Program organizers, led by Darlene Johns, also sent home snack backpacks to supplement food at home through the assistance of school and community supporters.

The summer program at Siler City Elementary School has averaged 100 students in first through fifth grades. Operating Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from the last week of June through August 4, the main focus of the six-week program is on reading growth and enrichment. Children spend time each day enjoying a strategic read aloud, reading independently with teacher conferencing and reading in targeted small groups with support for interventionists. On Monday, July 18, participants and staff visited UNCG Greensboro as part of a focus on early college readiness.

Approximately ninety students at Virginia Cross Elementary School are participating in CAUSE (Chatham Activities Unlimited Summer Enrichment). The program runs each day from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. through August 4. Through the program the students have been able to have academic enrichment in reading and mathematics, enjoy arts and crafts activities, visit the museums, the legislature and capitol in Raleigh and the planetarium, botanical gardens and UNC campus in Chapel Hill; and tour Carolina Tiger Rescue in the Pittsboro area. The ending event will be a family carnival on Thursday, August 4.

Some library media centers across the county are opening this summer so their students can check out books each week. For instance, the Bennett School library media center is open on Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Bonlee School opens its library media center on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.-noon and on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The Chatham Middle library media center is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. The library media center at Margaret B. Pollard Middle School is open from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Siler City Elementary opens its library media center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Thursdays. The library media center at Virginia Cross is open this summer from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

If your local school is not listed, please contact the school office to inquire if the media center has summer hours.

Many schools have also hosted annual subject-specific and/or athletic camps over the summer in which students of various ages could participate.

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