2012 Community Fund Grants
Carol Cozart discusses the value of summer reading camps.
Big Brothers Big Sisters – $5,000
Big Buddy Program: The program was present at all 6 elementary schools, matching children from single parent homes with top-notch high school, college, and adult volunteers for weekly mentoring and activities. The program made 60 student/big buddy matches.
Cooleemee Elementary School – $9,200
S.O.A.R. Summer Camp: About 50 students attending the camp and worked on their reading skills in small groups. The theme this year was “The Olympics” and students got to take a break from reading to do fun Olympic activities. Students also enjoyed time in Cooleemee’s new Reading Garden.
Davie County GO FAR – $2,000
GO FAR program: 150 students participated in the “Go Out For A Run” program that is designed to promote healthy eating habits, physical activity, goal setting and good character. The program launched 4 area schools this year.
Davie Family YMCA – $1,200
Davie County Reads: The Davie Reads program addresses adult literacy issues and reaches out to those for whom English is their second language. 57% of ESL students moved up a level and 100% of the adult literacy students made progress and are now reading on a 2nd grade level or above.
Cornatzer Elementary – $5,500
Hands-on Minds Together Summer Camp: The camp strives to engage students in new, exciting ways with a variety of themes and activities. Students panned for precious gems, learned about taste buds, made gum drops with a “mad scientist”, and visited a farm to find out how food is grown and transported to grocery stores.
Mocksville Elementary – $6,724.50
Science Explorations Summer Camp: 50 students attended the camp and learned in a hands-on fashion at the various stations that included robotics, environmental art, experiments, technology, and literacy.
North Davie Middle School – $4,000
Summer Transitions Camp: 25 rising 7th and 8th grade students learned team building, career planning and realistic life planning with some fun activities designed to help them think about their dreams and goals while planning for the future.
Pinebrook Elementary School – $5,724.50
Trojan Summer Camp: Teachers worked with 50 students who were struggling in specific area to avoid regression over the summer months and improve reading, math, and word skills.
Shady Grove Elementary School – $4,551
PAWS Summer Reading Camp: With a Transportation theme students read related books, wrote letters, and planned and budgeted for a mock vacation. Students also enjoyed outside activities, such as an educational field trip to a small local airport and a visit from a dragster owner. The students were all excited to take their turn in the drag strip race car.
Smart Start of Davie County – $5,000
Davie County Early Literacy Project: The project includes the Imagination Library, Reach Out and Read, and Every Child Ready to Read. 259 children from low-income households received books. Parents also received advice on proper reading techniques.
William R. Davie Elementary School – $4,920
Summer of Fun Learning Academy: 58 students participated in the “All about Science” summer camp, learning about a new science topic each week through reading material, math problems, and conducting experiments.