Elementary Students Begin Summer Reading Institute at HPU

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Marith McMahon discusses the different properties of rocks with the rising third graders.

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 23, 2014 – Summer is here, but that doesn’t mean students stop learning. High Point University’s School of Education kicked off its new Summer Reading Institute this week.

Rising third graders from Oak Hill Elementary School began working with HPU master’s students on reading, integrated math and science experiments, and writing projects. The purpose is to help the students maintain and build upon what they learned during the school year over the summer.

“My career in education will flourish from the hands-on opportunities this institute is providing me with,” says HPU student Marith McMahon. “Not only am I teaching rising third graders, but I am collaborating with colleagues, developing lesson plans and assuming all roles of an educator. Enhancing learning experiences for these young readers, writers and scientists is what makes this program so purposeful and rewarding.”

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Christian García studies rocks under a magnifying glass.

“Working with the students today was very rewarding,” adds Alyssa Springer. “It was so wonderful to see them so excited about reading. I have all the hope in the world that they will go into third grade more prepared than they were before.”

“The teachers have been working hard preparing reading materials, writing activities and science experiments for the summer,” said Dr. Leslie Cavendish, assistant professor of education. “Our first day had great energy, and several children told me how much they enjoyed themselves while learning.”

The institute is held in conjunction with Oak Hill Elementary and with funding from the Molly Millis-Hedgecock Foundation. It will be held Monday through Thursday mornings, 9 to 11:15 a.m., until July 25.

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