Reading College students earn their diplomas at the end of the program. File photo

Reading College for central Alberta students goes virtual

A global pandemic won’t stop central Alberta students from improving their reading and writing skills, as well as having fun along the way.

Reading College is back for its ninth year.

The program, which has had to adapt its usual programming to fit the guidelines for teaching and learning, given the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to get underway July 6 in a virtual format.

For the entire month, 50 Grade 2 students will have the “best summer ever” immersed in a literacy rich, virtual environment.

They will attend Reading College virtually from their homes and will be supported by mentor teachers and Red Deer College education graduates to develop their literacy skills.

Students will work in groups of four. There will also be group storytime and fun activities each day, allowing students to feel connected and further their excitement for learning.

“Third grade reading levels are one of the best predictors of high school graduation. Reading College helps struggling readers become readers of potential,” said program co-ordinator Elvy Goring.

For more information about Reading College, visit rdpsd.ab.ca/Foundation.php.

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