Church's camp to let children develop a 'love of reading'


In an effort to improve reading skills in some youngsters, Trinity Episcopal Church is hosting a Satellite Reading Camp July 5-9.

Rector's warden Pat Hoffman said last year a similar camp, Episcopal Domain Camp, was held in Eastern Kentucky.

"The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington decided that it wanted to have others that were not overnight camps," explains Hoffman, adding the church hopes to have 24 kids involved in the camp. "We (at Trinity) are one of four or five satellite reading camps in Kentucky.

"The camp targets third- and fourth-graders who are one year below their reading level. We worked through the school systems to target them - the school system refers people to us."

Camp will have circus theme

Currently, 20 kids are signed up for the camp, which will have a circus theme, and will have a clown as a visitor one day.


"They'll be broken up in groups of four children, and it will be very, very intense phonics work from professional teachers, mostly retired teachers," says Hoffman. "There will be three hours of very, very intense learning about reading. The goal is to get them to develop a love of reading."

Scholastic, a publisher of children's novel-type books, Hoffman says, is donating books for the children to take home.

It won't be all work and no play for the campers, who mainly are from Boyle County but also include a few from Mercer County, she adds.

"We're doing fun things. Centre donated its pool, and they'll be going there every day to swim. We're taking them to the library to expose them to what the library is all about. A librarian is giving them a talk on how the library works."

A scavenger hunt also is planned in Constitution Square.

"It's not just intense class time, but fun as well," Hoffman notes.

Trinity lucky to have retired teachers

The camp will be in the church's parish hall. Hoffman says Trinity is hosting the camp because "we are fortunate enough to have some very, very active diocesan people, who work with the diocese, who happen to be retired teachers."

"This piques their interest," she explains. "And also, it is very, very recognized that reading is the key to keeping children out of prison. The state of California gauges how many prison cells it is going to need in the future by how many children in third or fourth grade can't read," Hoffman adds, citing a study she read.

"So reading is the key to life in this world. And this is one outreach we can provide. ... We know enough teachers who know kids who are not motivated to read at home. They need additional help the school system cannot provide."

Hoffman notes the church "hopes to do (the camp) for many years to come."

Central Kentucky News Articles