Northside combats Summer Learning Loss

Margaret Shelton, Pamela Anderson, Vernita Edwards, Bettye Banks and LaThomas McCelland plan for the upcoming Northside Math and Reading Boot Camp, noon - 3 p.m. Monday, July 8 - 11.
Staff Writer

Studies have shown that children often lose some of what they have learned at school during the summer break.

For the third year, Northside Christian Church is offering a Math and Reading Boot Camp to give children a jumpstart before returning to the classroom Tuesday, Aug. 7.

"The Boot Camp has grown every year," Margaret Shelton, a sponsor of the boot camp, said. "The first year we had 16 children take advantage of the workshop, last year we had 50. We are hoping to reach even more young people to give them an advantage before going back to school."

The Northside Math and Reading Boot Camp is set for noon - 3 p.m. Monday, July 8 - 11. Monday, July 8, all students are asked to come to the Northside Christian Church sanctuary, Monday for registration.

"We want them to come at noon, get registered and assigned a room according to grade level," Shelton said. "The Boot Camp is open to students first grade through twelfth. We are offering the program to everyone free of charge."

The teachers who are volunteering their time are: Pamela Anderson, Bettye Banks, Vernita Edwards, LaThomas McClelland, Quincy Patterson and Tawana Robertson.

"You don't have to be a member of Northside Christian Church to bring your children," Shelton said. "Or to volunteer your time. We would love to have more educators."

Shelton said those volunteering their time are all dedicated to the teaching profession and to the community.

"Our focus is on reading and comprehension," Anderson said. "Context clues and sentence structure to enable the students to understand the context of what they are reading. They need to understand reading with a purpose."

Anderson said the family has lost something since everyone has a smart phone. Family reading has fallen to the wayside.

"I'll be going over the basic foundation of math," Banks said. "Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and fractions. I'll work with the third and fourth grade students. If you don't understand the basics you are going to be left behind."

Patterson will be working with the children in grades 9 - 12 with algebra and high school math. He was an educator before becoming the pastor of Gospel Temple M.B. Church.

"We hope parents will bring their children and take advantage of this free program," Shelton said. "We are very excited about being able to offer help to the young people in our community."

For more information, call 662-494-6430.