Kids earn bicycles in summer reading program

A summer reading program in Campbell graduated about 30 students on Wednesday and the whole group got new bikes for all of their hard work.

Campbell City Schools in collaboration with Neighborhood Ministries and the Mahoning County Education Service Center conducted a summer reading program at St. Joseph Elementary School targeting children tested to have a reading deficiency.

The children were given one on one instruction and participated in reading intervention programs.

Coordinator of Intervention Programs Ryan Stowell began the program about three years ago with just eight students and said the program has grown every year with the help of a $119,000 Early Literacy grant funded through the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

“If we were able to find dollars to support it, the program is going to continue to grow and grow. Finding grant dollars is a challenge,” said Stowell. “The cooperation between Campbell City Schools and Neighborhood Ministries helped us reach a lot of kids.”

The students had to attend 14 of the 18 teaching session throughout the summer to win a bicycle.

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