Free camp helps high school students build reading, writing skills

Do you have a rising freshman or sophomore who needs to boost their reading and writing skills? HISD is hosting a free Literacy Enrichment Camp to give them tools to help increase their end-of-course exam scores.

The eight-day camp will be held at Challenge Early College High School on the HCC Southwest Campus, 5601 West Loop South, July 21-24 and July 28-31. Participating students are expected to attend both weeks. The camp will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. If transportation assistance is needed, METRO cards will be provided. Lunch will be served daily.

The program is centered around the popular book Divergent. There are four courses throughout the day – faction studies, writer’s workshop, how to read a movie, and rebel literature. The names of the courses are modeled after events in the book.

Students will use a Barnes & Noble Nook tablet that will have a pre-loaded novel and SAT vocabulary preparation book. If students have good attendance, they’ll get to keep the Nook.

If this sounds like a good fit for your child, registration is open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thurs., July 17 and 8-9 a.m. Mon., July 21. You must register your child in person at the camp location.

Have questions? Call Bellaire High School Assistant Principal Jhacole LeGrand at 713-295-3700 or email Carnegie Vanguard High School Instructional Coordinator Melissa Matsu at