Dyer County Schools celebrates success of Summer Reading Camp

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Summer Reading Camp allowed students to learn more about seeds, architecture and space exploration during a visit to Discovery Park of America.

Dyer County Schools was awarded a summer reading grant for rising first- and second-graders. The summer reading camp was held during the month of June, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and emphasized reading and writing.

Twenty-five students from Dyer County Schools participated in the program. These students were provided bus transportation to Newbern Elementary School where they were greeted by a staff of six energetic teachers who developed engaging weekly literacy themes. The purpose of the camp was to develop a love of reading and writing through activities, crafts, field trips, cooking, etc.

Week 1 of camp was spent reading books and writing about our community. The Dyersburg Fire Department brought their mobile fire simulator unit and taught the students about fire safety and the importance of having a fire safety plan at home. In addition, the students did a walking field trip of downtown Newbern which included the depot, Newbern library, police station, fire department, and mayor’s office.

During Week 2 the campers blasted off into Sensational Space. All activities were focused on our solar system. From cooking activities to space simulations, the students learned how our solar system interacts. The week culminated with an exciting trip to the planetarium at the University of Memphis Lambuth campus where they experienced life as an astronaut.

Week 3 had the students studying animals and their habitats. The students were given the opportunity to watch larvae develop into beautiful butterflies where they were released in the raised flower and vegetable gardens that were being maintained by the students. They also traveled to Reelfoot Lake State Park where they learned about birds of prey, snakes, pelts, and made their own birdfeeders.

Pictured above, students are seen learning to care for a flower garden.

The final week of camp was titled Farm to Table. Students toured the Downtown Farmers Market where they purchased vegetables to make a pizza and learned about a variety of fruits and vegetables from local producers. The Farmhouse Restaurant in Newbern partnered with the camp to provide the students with a sit-down farm-to-table restaurant experience. Tri County Farmer’s Equipment provided the students with a first-hand experience on a tractor. The camp culminated with a trip to Discovery Park where the students were treated to a lesson on seeds.

By the end of the month, each camper received had 45 books to take home and add to their personal library. In the words of one of our campers, “This was the best month ever!” Dyer County Schools partnered with the Dyer County Special Food Service Program, which provided a nutritious breakfast and lunch each day. Other community partners included the Newbern Library, Dyersburg Fire Department, Newbern Fire Department, Tri County Farmer’s Equipment, Newbern Depot, Newbern Police Department, Downtown Farmers Market, and the Farmhouse Restaurant.

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