When something as positive as this month's 10-day reading academy at Niland's Grace Smith School happens, everyone benefits. The biggest winners, obviously, are the 50 participating students.
Recognized by the school as being those greatly in need of reading improvement, students showed dramatic progress by the end of camp. Not only were they reading better, they were excited about what they'd accomplished and the possibility of learning more.
Though organized and funded by Costco Corp., the reading academy was a combined effort of several groups. The Niland community is a better place since its involvement in the reading camp. The community was empowered by its volunteers who, as a group, proved they could affect positive change in their children and take control of a negative situation by turning it around.
We want to congratulate Diana Peacher, coordinator of the Niland Family Resource Center on the Grace Smith campus, for recognizing the need at Grace Smith and believing that something could be done. While low reading scores may seem to be an overwhelming challenge for any school, Peacher took the initiative and persuaded Costco officials to consider Grace Smith as a site for one of its reading camps.