Many organizations have come together over the years to offer summer classes for the children in the Bay d’Espoir area.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council has for many years supported the Reading for Fun program. The group funds for two summer student positions, supplies for the program and for the training these students need to offset the program.
The Hope Literacy Council also has provided funding for one student and the Bay d’Espoir Community Youth Network has hired two students, supplied material and donated the and space.
There is also a second location at Bay d’ Espoir Academy in Milltown that offers the program and it is overseen by the Bay d’Espoir CYN.
Between both areas operating this summer, there have been 51 youth enrolled, 11 in Milltown and 44 in St. Alban’s. This is a huge increase from the previous years with more children taking part in this fun and educational program.
This summer, the children around the Bay d’Espoir area have enrolled in the Reading for Fun program, embarked and on an underwater-themed adventure.
Each week, the children worked one-on-one in a fun, risk-free environment to maintain their math, writing, spelling and reading skills.
One child, Jamie Organ stated, “I love going to reading”, and Mark McDonald said, “I can’t wait to read my books, I love reading”.
There were many other individual activities available and the children had an opportunity to come together as a group every Wednesday as a group.
During these group sessions, they enjoyed a variety of educational activities such as sea-creature crafts, reading circles, and a pirate treasure hunt.
This fun, educational program is very beneficial to students of all ages and skill level as it leaves them ready and excited for the new school year.