Lighting a fire of desire to read

first_imgSummer vacation began weeks ago for children across the county. But for nearly two dozen Washougal students, sitting in a classroom is still the norm for eight hours a week.The students are participating in a grant-funded summer literacy program offered by the Washougal School District. And on Thursday, the students had the opportunity to show off their reading skills to Washougal firefighters. The students donned black plastic Washougal Fire Department helmets and gathered in groups with volunteer and career firefighters. Firefighter Carly Shears read “The Lorax” to first-graders Spencer Nicholson and Riley Gardner. After finishing the Dr. Seuss book, the trio opened up “Olivia Loves the Circus,” and Shears encouraged the students to take turns reading, offering reassuring words to a hesitant Spencer.“You know how you get better at reading?” she asked the boys. “You practice. It’s OK to make mistakes.”The firefighters’ visit was just one small event in the six-week program. The district received a $3,800 grant to offer the literacy program to elementary-aged children. The program, “Feed Your Brain,” is funded by School’s Out Washington and runs in conjunction with the summer food service program. Twenty Washougal students in grades kindergarten through fourth attend the two-hour program at Hathaway Elementary four days a week. Feed Your Brain will wrap up Aug. 5.last_img

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