Loris, SC – United Way of Horry County (UWHC) is partnering with Horry County Schools to hold Camp United, a free summer learning program at Loris Elementary School. Camp United will begin on Wednesday, June 23 and last for four weeks. Camp United is for rising first and second grade Loris Elementary School students who are not meeting their math and reading goals. This completely free program is funded by UWHC with the support of grants from Tidelands Health and the Waccamaw Community Foundation.
Approximately 60 students will benefit from Camp United. Students will attend Monday – Thursday from 8:00am – 1:30pm. Free transportation is provided, as well as free breakfast, lunch, and school supplies. Students attending Camp United are referred based on their DIEBLS and MAP scores and from the recommendations of guidance counselors and teachers. Teachers will provide instruction to students in order to improve their literacy and math scores while promoting social and emotional learning components.
One of UWHC’s impact areas is education. Research shows that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will experience substantial drops in reading and math, such as beginning the new semester with only 70% of the learning gains in reading and 50% of the learning gains in math from the previous year. Camp United will work to prevent the summer slide, a tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. In addition, many students fell out of practice of certain math and literacy skills while absent from their traditional classroom setting. Horry County students should be able to meet their educational goals and be on track with their grade level. UWHC developed Camp United in order to help students reach their full potential. UWHC hopes to expand Camp United to other schools next summer.