Toronto Star: “Syrian refugee kids get lessons in literacy — and fitting in — at special camp for newcomers”

Toronto Star: “Syrian refugee kids get lessons in literacy — and fitting in — at special camp for newcomers”

This past year,  the Toronto Star reports, 70 Syrian refugee students arrived at a Peel District School Board elementary school. This prompted the board to initiate a three-week camp this summer to help keep the learning momentum going.

“The camp is a great opportunity for the students to learn a little more English, become a little more familiar with school routines, numeracy, literacy, co-operating — all through play and hands-on activities,” says teacher Kristen McGinn.

The article describes the board’s Camp SAIL (Summer Adventures in Learning) as a “cozy group of just 15 students, who are helped by Arabic translator Intisar Al-Pachachi, an Iraqi-born basketball coach whom the kids call ‘Miss A.’ ”

Read the full article here. You can follow activities at Camp SAIL — and many other summer learning sites — on the Twitter sidebar found in this section of the Summer Learning Program website.

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