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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Getting ahead

  • Delta Jr. High is offering a summer camp for students in reading, writing and math via tutoring in a more “natural and informal setting than a classroom,” according to Delta instructional facilitator Vera Tucker.


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  •   Delta Jr. High is offering a summer camp for students in reading, writing and math via tutoring in a more “natural and informal setting than a classroom,” according to Delta instructional facilitator Vera Tucker.
      Tucker and Pamela Benton, Delta’s librarian, are among the teachers who are tutoring children in grades second through eighth so that they can catch up on their learning skills for the upcoming school year.
      During the reading lesson Monday, Tucker and Benton had nine students in grades six through eighth read a few chapters of Ernest Hill’s “Family Ties.” Afterwards, they had a group discussion about the book.
      “This is more informal without the distractions of a classroom,” Benton said. “While they read, they’re learning about the conflict and setting in the story. They’re also learning vocabulary and much more.”
      Makaya Rayford is one of the students in the study groups who enjoys the smaller, more informal setting.
      “This is different from a classroom because there are no interruptions,” she said.
      Tucker said the summer’s reading list are books children enjoy reading. 
      “If you find what children truly love to read, they’re going to read,” she said. “They can relate to this book we’re reading now because it is set in areas around here like ULM, Monroe, Delta and Mer Rouge.”
      Benton said because the students enjoy reading the books, they’re learning more than grammar and vocabulary.
      “Reading is about emotions,” she said. “They’re learning life skills. We discuss things like trust and relationships.”
      Delta student Darian Johnson agreed that relating to the characters made it easier to comprehend the lesson.
      “When you relate to a person in the story, it makes it easier to understand,” he said. “You compare them to what’s going on in your own outside life.” 
      Signups for the reading, writing and math summer camp is going on at Delta through June 13. The classes are from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays – Wednesdays through June 27.
      Evening classes will be held at the Parents and Community Alliance Center, located at 264 Harrington, from 4–6 p.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 27. Signups for evening classes will continue until June 14. The classes are free and available to any students in grades two through eighth.
      For more information, call Vera Tucker at 556.0535 or the Parents and Community Alliance Center at 239.3818. 
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