- So, for the summer, we wanted our students to develop a love for reading and to grow in their reading, and LitCamp has provided that opportunity for our students.


- The first year we did about eight schools, and this year we're in 12 schools.


- My daughter, she hate summer school before, and now she's like, she don't want to miss a day.


- I did not wanna come at first, cause I'm like, I saw all these smart kids, and I was like, "Why are they here? "They don't need to be here." And they were like, "I just have to get ahead," and I'm just like, "I'm trying to do that, too." I easily made friends, and so, it was fun. I'm proud of myself for coming here.


- The kids want to be in summer school. They want to read. They want to be able to develop.


- The Seven Strengths of LitCamp are seven pillars of learning. Every book is related to one of the strengths.


- The friendship, the kindness, the courage, the hope, all those are involved in the program itself.


- This program is really fit for the people they have the English second language.


- This program involves all kids by having a variety of texts and also having components that target the different subgroups.


- I think it gives them a way of really connecting with us and helping us understand their needs as learners.


- They have been able to engage in the same activities that the other students are experiencing, without feeling that language is a barrier for them.


- [Teacher] Does he look cool?


- [Students] Yes.


- To me, that is really what the American dream is all about, having access to what the other students are having access to.


- In the data, that we always examine, we'll be able to see that the kids who did summer school and did LitCamp will perform at a higher level or their trajectory will have gone upward from where they were the previous years, absolutely.


- Before, I used to beg my daughter to bring me the books to read together and was not interested. Now, she's very excited. She's very motivated, and she bring the books to me, "Let's read it together."


- We will hand out books on Friday as kind of our parting gift for summer school.


- They're going to go home. They're going to read that book. They're not going to lose all of this reading stamina and all of these reading gains that they've made during summer school.


- I think LitCamp is one of the best things that you could do for a student, during the summertime.


- When you have a tool that has all students in mind, I think it's a great way of closing the equity gap, because, at the end, it's about all students.