Camp iRock Works!

camp irock campers hold signs which say i used to think reading was impossible but then i came to camp irock

Supporting struggling readers through Camp iRock

 

 

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on many parts of our lives, and the children are no exception. This fall, only 40% of 3rd graders were on track for reading proficiency. That means a staggering 60% of 3rd graders are not ready. That is worse than when Camp iRock began in 2015.

It’s much worse for 2nd graders who lost so much during their first two formative school years. This spring, a staggering 76% of Pickens County 2nd graders were projected to not read at grade level by 3rd grade.

The need to expand Camp iRock is more urgent than ever. With your help, Camp iRock will double the number of 1st and 2nd graders served at each of the three Camp iRock sites, reaching a total of 526 struggling readers this summer.

A Bold Goal

United Way of Pickens County seeks to help children and youth achieve their potential through education and has established a bold goal that 70% of 3rd graders will be reading on grade level by 2025, a goal that is more important than ever since only 40% of 3rd graders were on track for reading proficiency this fall.

Camp iRock is a proven program designed to help meet this bold goal.

Camp iRock- A Program that Works

A partnership between United Way of Pickens County, the School District of Pickens County, and the YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville, Camp iRock is an innovative and award winning summer program which helps children improve their reading abilities in an enriching summer camp environment. In the spring, the School District of Pickens County identifies students who could use a boost in their reading abilities and sends their families an invitation to attend Camp iRock.

Like so many other programs, Camp iRock looked very different last summer. But through the incredible support of donors in this community, and the amazing creativity, flexibility and expertise of Camp iRock teachers and staff, Camp iRock continued to be a program that works and served 384 struggling readers at three sites in Pickens County.

You can download and read the 2021 report (PDF) here.

You are needed for something BIG!

3rd grade reading levels predict nearly every societal problem you can imagine. Reading on grade level is so critical to our community's future that United Way of Pickens County has set a bold goal of ensuring that at least 70% of Pickens County 3rd graders will read at grade level by 2025. We know this is achievable because you have proven that you are willing to invest in programs that work. Camp iRock is one of those programs that work.

60% of Pickens County 3rd graders are behind. Will you make sure that one struggling reader is able to benefit from the Camp iRock experience next summer?

Be a Reading Buddy Volunteer

Make a difference in the life of a camper as a Reading Buddy. Volunteers are needed to work one on one with campers to enhance the classroom learning. June 13-30, pend 30 minutes once or twice a week at one of the three Camp iRock sites.

Learn more.

 

"Camp iRock is the best thing for a struggling kid."

As a baby, Dottie would crawl away from her parents when they tried to read books to her. Reading was never something she enjoyed, and was never something she thought she could do well. Camp iRock changed all of that, and it nearly brought her father to tears to talk about the transformation. Hear Dottie and her parents tell their story by watching the video below.

What Others are Saying