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Free camp offered for struggling readers

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Episcopal Churches in Huntington are sponsoring a free five-day Reading Camp for children who are struggling readers.

The camp is being held July 8-12 at St. John's Episcopal Church and currently has several openings for students who are struggling readers going into grades two to four this fall. The camp provides each camper with 15 hours of reading instructions, strategies and skill builders taught by local area teachers.

"This camp is not for children who are already great readers," Dr. Susan Thomas Frank, executive director for the camp, said in a release. "This is a camp that is totally designed around students who feel they can't read or are frustrated with reading. The activities and strategies are structured in a way such that they are fun and very 'un-school-like'. We believe students will leave camp with a new love of reading and a library of books they will want to read over and over again."

A general guideline to determine if the camp is appropriate for your child is if that child is at least one grade level behind in reading. The camp includes children from local elementary schools and children who are homeschooled.

Parents who would like to enroll their children can call 1-304-806-CAMP or email readingcampinhuntington@gmail.org.

Reading camp is designed for children who are poor readers or who struggle with reading. The camp is only for children who are at least one grade level behind in their reading.

The morning hours are spent at six different reading stations: reading strategies, creative writing, phonics, site words, pleasure reading and reading comprehension. After lunch, which is provided free, the children enjoy recreational games both outdoors and indoors plus a field trip during the week.

"This camp is not like school," the Rev. Lisa Graves, camp administrator, said in a release. "Reading skills are taught through games and play. Our teen counselors give lots of encouragement and lead the kids in hours of recreational time once the study portion of the day is over. We are committed to making this week a week that the children will never forget."

Frank, an associate professor at Marshall University, and Courtney Cross, an elementary school teacher at Southside Elementary, are the directors of the camp. Sandra Poore, is the teaching director and the camp has volunteers from three elementary schools, more than three churches, several civic organizations and teen counselors from local and private schools in Huntington.

The camp is a grassroots effort between the three Episcopal churches (St. Johns, Trinity and St. Peter's) and local teachers from all over the Huntington area and incorporates nurses, teenagers, and other volunteers.