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Portland Museum hosts free summer reading camp

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Through the program, students will work with iRead instructor Comer individually as well as collectively within the group. Through the program, students will work with iRead instructor Comer individually as well as collectively within the group.
Inside the Portland Museum, a group of neighborhood kids kicked off the first day of the iRead Summer Reading Camp Monday. Inside the Portland Museum, a group of neighborhood kids kicked off the first day of the iRead Summer Reading Camp Monday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Inside the Portland Museum, a group of neighborhood kids kicked off the first day of the iRead Summer Reading Camp Monday.

With their noses planted in books, students ranging in grade levels from first to fourth, took turns reading in a group under the instruction of Barry Comer.

"We're focusing a lot, especially on the history of the Portland neighborhood," said Sarah McCartt-Jakcson, Portland Museum Educator. "We're hoping that kids get a little bit of art mixed with history, mixed with literacy to keep them on track this summer."

Through the program, students will work with iRead instructor Comer individually as well as collectively within the group.

Students will also go beyond reading by participating in reading-related activities connected to learning about local history.

"We're going to draw pictures of ourselves. We're going to draw pictures of Portland and Louisville," said Comer. "We're going to try to wrap that into a sense of belonging."

In addition to reading lessons, students will also receive snacks and free tours of the museum.

At the conclusion of the program, parents will be offered a Book-Level recommendation to guide for his or her student to continue reading independently following the conclusion of camp.

The iRead Summer Reading Camp runs July 22 to August 2 from 10 a.m. to noon daily.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the free iRead Summer Reading Camp, contact Portland Museum Educator Sarah McCartt-Jackson at (502) 776-7678 or via email at smccarttjackson@iglou.com. Advanced reservations are required.

The Portland Museum is an educational resource that collects, preserves, exhibits, interprets and enhances the culture and heritage of Portland, a neighborhood of Louisville, KY. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides support to the Portland Museum with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the Portland Museum, call (502) 776-7678 or visit www.goportland.org.

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