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S.C. Summer Camp Helping Students Combat Summer Learning Loss
Camp iRock is an innovative summer camp that helps children improve their reading abilities while having tons of summer camp fun. In the spring, the School District of Pickens County identifies rising 2nd, 3rd and 4th-graders who could use a boost in their reading abilities and sends their families an invitation to attend Camp iRock.
Camp iRock is a partnership between United Way of Pickens County, the School District of Pickens County, and the Pickens County YMCA. Camp iRock includes:
- Transportation to and from camp (if needed)
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks
- High-quality reading instruction in a small group environment
- Swim lessons
- Field trips
- Traditional summer camp games and activities
Camp iRock was one of three finalists for the 2017 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award of Excellence. The annual award presented by the Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds celebrates education initiatives improving the lives of students across South Carolina.