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Summer Literacy Camp

Summer Literacy Camp is open to students who have completed grades K-3 in RTSD and meet specific criteria.

Program Highlights

  • Daily literacy instruction provided by PA certified teachers trained for summer reading intervention.
  • Access to appropriately leveled take-home books to build an at-home library.
  • Access to a PA certified school librarian and elementary media center resources.
  • Small class sizes.
  • Variety of supplemental programs and services.
  • Special events that include fun and engaging activities.
  • Participation is by invitation only. Families will be formally notified if their child qualifies.
  • Transportation to and from camp is available and provided by RTSD.
  • There is no charge to attend the summer program, but families are required to commit to regular attendance, arriving on time each day,  and complete nightly reinforcement activities.

Contact Information

Camp Coordinator: Natalia Pelaez
Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning: Shawn Dutkiewicz
Questions? Contact the Reading Specialist at your child's school: Dana Bereznak (IES), Jennifer Scancella (RES), and Elyse Goldberg (WES) 

July 11-August 4
Monday-Thursday
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wayne Elementary School

What is the Summer Slide?

A conservative estimate is that students lose 22% of the gains made during the school year over the summer break (often referred to as the “summer slide”). Teachers across the country report spending four to eight weeks each fall re-teaching skills that were lost to summer slide. Research consistently shows that struggling   readers lose ground over the summer. Of even greater concern is the fact that these losses are cumulative, creating a wider gap each year between more proficient and less proficient  students. According to Dr. Richard Allington, by the time a struggling reader reaches middle school,  summer reading loss has accumulated to a two year lag in reading achievement.

Allington, R. L., & McGill-Franzen, A. (2013). Summer reading: Closing the rich/poor reading achievement gap.New York: Teachers College Press.