The Houston Independent School District welcomed thousands of students to summer school, themed “Camp Lit” for literacy, on Wednesday and Thursday at Delmar Fieldhouse with a series of pep rallies and tailgates.
The summer kickoff for elementary students was held on Wednesday, and middle school students celebrated on Thursday.
“This is the brainchild of our interim superintendent. The idea is to continue our focus on literacy but in a way that is exciting and engaging,” Officer for Special Populations Courtney Busby said. “We want our students to know that meeting their needs in the summer is critical for their overall success. What better way to do that than with a celebration where all kids will leave with books to add to their personal libraries.”
Each student in attendance took books home, courtesy of Books Between Kids and the Astros Foundation.
The events included performances from HISD marching bands, drumlines, and cheerleading teams and the Delmar Fieldhouse parking lot was transformed into a tailgate party with music provided by Radio One Houston. Performers from UniverSoul Circus delighted the crowd. The tailgate portion included literacy-based games for students to play, as well as food provided by HISD Nutrition Services.