The Awesome Foundation Santa Fe today awarded the chapter’s inaugural $1,000 grant to Reading is Magic, a specialized summer reading camp for students who have serious reading challenges and are at least one year behind in their reading skills. The grant will provide free, additional tutoring for those students attending camp that need more support. Tutoring will be offered during the camp session, throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall as needed.
Sponsored by the Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences, the camp is a free, two-week summer reading camp that will serve 36 low-income Santa Fe area students identified by local public school teachers as needing intense remediation in reading. The camp will be held July 7-18 and focuses on a Middle Ages theme that is integrated into all learning activities. Students work towards the goal of earning the title of knight, prince or princess, as they build reading skills, character and self-confidence. Students’ reading levels are evaluated at the beginning and end of the two-week session, with participants improving their reading scores by one grade level on average.
Reading is Magic is a component of the New Mexico Alliance for Literacy. The Alliance consists of student advocates, local schools, businesses, and libraries working together to get kids hooked on reading and improve New Mexico’s literacy rate. The organization offers free bookshelves in 14 locations, literacy contests, “Hooked on Books” community service and reading remediation that includes Reading is Magic and tutoring.
For more information on the Awesome Foundation Santa Fe, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the chapter’s page at www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/santafe For more information about the New Mexico Alliance for Literacy, visit www.nmallianceforliteracy.org