Summit School’s Literacy Counts Project

| September 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Four years ago the Literacy Counts Project began to bring The Summit School expertise to children from low-income neighborhoods in Annapolis.  A strong partnership has formed with the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis and the Stanton Community Center.  Dr. Jane R. Snider, Summit’s Founding Executive Director, realized Summit had to find a way to bring professional instruction to underserved children.

“We know the way to eliminate poverty is through education.  Summit and the program funders are committed to serving our community in this special way,” explains Dr. Snider who continues to manage the project.

The Literacy Counts project has two components, a summer day camp during the month of July, and on-going tutoring throughout the school year.  Since 2008, Summit has brought children from the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis to its summer camp for intensive instruction in reading, math, and written language. Children from the Stanton Center joined the project in 2010. The camp morning is devoted to academics, while the afternoon is filled with fun.  The tutoring phase began in the fall of 2010 with Summit tutors providing intensive reading instruction in an after school program at both centers, throughout the school year.  In that first school year, ten children were tutored between the two centers.   Progress is noted through written assessments, while tutors, and the directors of each center, are thrilled with the excitement and commitment of the students.

Both components of the Literacy Counts Project have been funded through donations from area businesses and foundations.  The Summit School would like to thank the Severn Savings Bank for helping to support the summer phase, and the Solid Rock Foundation for providing the funds for the tutorial project to continue in 2011-12.

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