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MCM Read to Succeed

July 20th, 2016

This summer, MCM held its inaugural Read to Succeed camp for 3rd graders from Jackson Public Schools who needed a little extra help to pass the 3rd Grade Reading  Summative Assessment. If a 3rd grade student does not pass this test, he or she will be unable to move into 4th grade next year.

The MCM Read to Succeed camp included five days of intensive literacy lessons for 82 students the week before they took the test for the final time this year. While the results of the test have not been released yet, MCM knows that the camp will have been a success if the children raise their scores and are better prepared for next year.

The students participated in different workshops around the museum, including those focusing on phonics, fluency and understanding, character development and story elements, and vocabulary. They also had a computer session called FastForward that is a nationally known program mandated by the U.S. Department of Education.

Thank you to the many volunteers donated time to help with the camp by serving meals, walking the students between classes, and even working one-on-one with them! The camp saw volunteers from MCM Partners, the Junior League of Jackson, Children’s of Mississippi at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and other community members. Read to Succeed was sponsored by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc.