It has been a summer of wonder, learning, and powerful transformation for LitKids all around the world.
In the U.S., school districts and community partners across the country launched their own LitCamp programs, authored by LitWorld and published by Scholastic, to help students explore reading, writing, and creating in fun, engaging LitCamp spaces. Campers read a variety of literature, from picture books to Young Adult fiction and participated in diverse, engaging activities that focused on LitWorld’s 7 Strengths.
Kids, teachers and their families reported changing attitudes towards learning and literature, with LitCampers becoming more enthusiastic and responsive towards classroom activities. They also begsn reading independently and picking out their own books to read at LitCamp and at home, as this Scholastic case study shows.
LitWorld's Founder Pam Allyn, now SVP of Innovation for Scholastic Education, has is the chief LitCamp advocate and participant! This summer, Pam traveled all over the country to visit LitCamps, engaging with LitCampers in read-alouds and witnessing creative approaches to the “camp” theme that each classroom had. From California to New Jersey, children and their teachers report having a summer of authentic, engaging reading experiences, fostering the love of learning - one LitCamp day at a time!
Around the globe, LitCamps have flourished in communities from rural Zambia to Rwanda, Philippines to Honduras. LitWorld long-time partner Ready for Reading, based in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda, held their annual LitCamp from July 30th to August 2nd, with 147 children participating in the 3-day camp. The event was an incredible celebration of friendships and literacy and allowed students that usually stay at home during the summer to be involved in an exciting and engaging environment full of activities.
In Zambia, the summer was also incredibly busy with LitCamps and LitFests. GoYe Therefore Zambia, held a Kindness Summer Litfest in the Zambian capital of Lusaka. The Summer LitFest brought together over 115 participants, which included LitClub kids and their family members, parents and guardians, media, mentors and other members of the community. Participants were spread out into four groups, each lead by a GoYe Therefore mentor and all were guided through the days activities, which focused on one of our 7 Strengths - Kindness.
Sanyambe, the GoYe Therefore Partnership Coordinator shared:
Our hearts are full, inspired, and hopeful after another summer of successful LitWorld programs. We are grateful to all mentors, teachers, children, families and communities for making it possible to explore and foster a love for literacy and joy in safe, empowered spaces this summer. After all, when we all work together, we are able to create a whole new world of opportunity and hope!