Students experience joy of reading at summer camp

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Exceptional Children Program teacher Shalanda Oxley, of Arthur Edwards Elementary School, offers high-fives to Akosha Stevens and Alicia Bryant during a reading program at Roger Bell Elementary School last week. Bryant had just finished her book.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 01:08 PM.

Alicia Bryant can’t wait to get to fourth grade to show off.

Bryant was one of 26 third-graders who participated in a three-week Reading Camp that ended last week at Roger Bell Elementary School in Havelock.

“I think the reading camp is awesome because you get to learn more and when you go to fourth grade you’re going to be ready for the (end of grade tests) and you’re going to be ready for the practice sessions, and when I go to school in fourth grade I’m going to show my teacher what I did in reading camp so she can know I did well,” Bryant said.

Bryant, 9, will be a rising fourth-grader at Havelock Elementary School in part due to the work she completed at the camp.

“I just started reading good,” Bryant said. “I passed. I’m all the way to a B.”

Bryant is a success story. She is one of the youngsters who will advance to the next grade in school.

Charity Clemmons, an assistant principal at Havelock Elementary School, served as principal for the Roger Bell Reading Camp. Clemmons said the purpose of the camp was to meet the mandate by the Read to Achieve law that states that every child in third grade shall be reading on grade level.

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