Learning camps in Asheboro hope to fight ‘summer slide’

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- The Asheboro City School district is finding new ways to engage and educate kids throughout the summer.

Low-income youth lose two to three months in reading every summer, according to the National Summer Learning Association. It reports most youth lose about two months of math skills in the summer.

ACS planned fifteen learning camps throughout the summer.

This week, St. Luke United Methodist Church hosted STREAM camp, focusing on science, technology, reading, engineering and math.

"The students are engaged in lots of problem solving, lots of critical thinking, lots of opportunities for our students to be inventors," explained Superintendent Dr. Terry Worrell.

She hopes the hands-on experiments help the kids find a passion that could translate to a career.

Reverend James Burroughs believes the school district's partnerships with faith-based groups for these summer camps helps stretch resources and create synergy with the community.

"We saw the balloons going up to the sky, the rockets going up to the sky. That's how far these students can go and even further if they continue to have people in their lives that motivate them."

They hope these camps help fight "summer slide" and prepare students to be confident going into a new school year. Lunch is also provided at the camps.

"We are very thankful to the USDA, the ACS Board of Education and all of the community groups for investing in these opportunities and making these camps come alive for students," he added.