YMCA keeps kids reading over Spring Break

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The YMCA of Beaufort County, located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal, is offering learning activities during the Beaufort County School District’s Spring Break week of April 14-18. As part of a national YMCA initiative called “Camp Readers,” the Y is adding 30 minutes of reading per day to daily activities for kids in grades K-5 to help prevent learning loss during out-of-school time.

Research shows that incorporating more reading time into kids’ daily routines can positively impact their development. In fact, 30 minutes of reading each day can boost kids’ literacy skills and increase success in school, which is especially critical during spring and summer school breaks when some kids are without access to educational opportunities and can experience learning loss. Through Camp Readers, the Y makes it possible, fun and simple to continue reading by providing a variety of materials that match kids’ interests.

“Outside of the classroom, many youth are not as engaged in learning and reading activities as they would be while in school, which statistics show can result in learning loss. Combining fun camp activities with academic enrichment is a wonderful way to keep kids’ bodies and minds active,” said Kaylin Garst, Operations Director, YMCA of Beaufort County. “Through Camp Readers, we will use reading daily to help more kids stay on course developmentally, so they return to school reading at grade-level.”

As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, the Y is addressing the academic achievement gap to help more youth succeed in school.

To learn more about Camp Readers and how to enroll your child, visit www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com.