Dinosaurs help with Kingsport's third annual Read to be Ready

Rick Wagner • Jul 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM

KINGSPORT — From visiting dinosaurs in Bluff City to carefully examining the contents of owl pellets in Kingsport, 90 Kingsport City Schools students participated in the Read to be Ready Camp based at Lincoln Elementary School.

The elementary students also got to take home books every week, have family days, meet a meteorologist and go to Barnes and Noble to pick out books on the last day of the program on Friday. 

This marks the third year of the program in KCS, and it is funded by a $90,000 grant from Tennessee. The program serves selected children from Jackson, Kennedy, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools.

In its third year in the system, the program included free breakfast, lunch, snacks and field trips. Each student got more than 18 free books. The free meals came from the Summer Feeding Program, and the snacks, books and field trips through the grant.

“The purpose for the camp is to motivate students to read, engage families and put as many books as possible in students’ homes,” said Amy Doran, coordinator of the early childhood program and grant writer for KCS.

Dissection of the owl pellets occurred at Lincoln Elementary, where the camp was based, with parents on a Family Friday. Among field trips, other than the book store, was a trip to the Backyard Terror Dinosaur Park in Bluff City.

Other systems that got the grant for this year include Sullivan County, Hawkins County, Rogersville, Johnson City, Washington County, Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson County, Greeneville, Hancock County and Hamblen County.