The Harrison Central School District Bridges to Literacy Program supports elementary students who are struggling readers. The program is designed to focus student learning on one area of need and help them build strategies to progress over time and prepare them for reading at school in September. The program runs for two and a half hours each day over a three-week period in July and August and is offered at two sites, Harrison Avenue School and Samuel J. Preston School.
Established in the summer of 2007, this year a total of 85 children attended Bridges to Literacy. The program also includes a parent workshop designed to support parents, and offer strategies for reading to and with their children at home. In addition, as part of the Summer In Service Professional Development Program, a corresponding study group of teachers work together to examine to collaborate and deepen their understanding of developing high-quality curriculum support for students. The Harrison Educational Foundation (HEF) partnered with the district by funding specialized early literacy classroom materials for use during the program.