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K Camp offered this summer for incoming TTUSD Kindergartners

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"Bienvenidos al campamento de verano" in Spanish — or, "Welcome to summer camp."

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — In order to set young scholars up for success in elementary school, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is offering "K Camp" this summer to incoming Transitional Kindergartners and Kindergartners.

This kindergarten readiness program offers both academic and social enrichment and exposes young students to the elementary school experience.

Students at K Camp get a firsthand view of what kindergarten will be like, building their enthusiasm and providing a smooth transition into elementary school.

While literacy is the main focus, there is a camping theme at K Camp and a fun atmosphere for instruction. Highlights of K Camp include:

Tents in classroom and reading around the "campfire."

Daily outdoor activities.

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Visits from therapy dogs during student reading circles.

Guest librarians.

TTUSD's 2015 K Camp dates are July 6 through July 31, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

They will be held at two sites — Truckee Elementary and Kings Beach Elementary.

A nutritious breakfast and lunch will be provided daily to all students at no cost, and busing will be available to both sites.

"We want all students to feel comfortable and be excited about coming to school," said Tara House, one of TTUSD's summer programs coordinators. "K Camp provides kids the foundation of what is expected in kindergarten in a fun and safe environment. This makes the transition smooth and easy for both students and their parents."

In order to enroll in K Camp, a child must be signed up to attend a TTUSD school in the fall of 2015.

Enrollment packets are available at all elementary school sites and enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited.

For more information, call 530-582-2552 or email the summer coordinators, Tara House at thouse@ttusd.org or Betsy Redmond at bredmond@ttusd.org.

Families of enrolled students will be invited to a "Happy Camper Day," which is an orientation to the summer program.

TTUSD also offers a Summer Scholars program for incoming first-, second-, third- and fourth-grade students who need additional literacy support.

Summer Scholars in by invitation only as space is extremely limited.

This article was submitted by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.