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July 11, 2014

TCA’s Camp Read-A-Lot strengthens reading skills

WEATHERFORD —

WILLOW PARK — A four-week reading camp recently wrapped up at Trinity Christian Academy. Elementary principal Lyricia Squyres and first grade teacher Candy Marsh led Camp Read-A-Lot for first through third graders. “The camp was modeled from a program at Kent State University,” Squyres said.

Squyres and Timothy Raninski, of Kent State, corresponded frequently about schedules and activities that would be most beneficial for the campers. Students spent time in camp writing in interactive journals, reading camp poems and sang songs around the “campfire.” Campers also went to cabin time and spent time reading in small groups. Other activities of the week were crafts, cooking, a reader’s theatre and reading games.  

Every camper left with a book of songs and poems to read at home along with summer reading to do during July and August. 

Campers loved the camp and were eager to come each day, said Squyres. 

One campgoer said she did not want to leave the camp, while another reported that she had made many friends throughout her four weeks.  

Marsh has a Master of Science degree in Education and has many years of experience teaching first grade reading.  Squyres has a Master of Arts in Christian Education and is a certified dyslexia teacher. Marsh and Squyres saw significant student growth and strengthening of reading skills during the four weeks.

“It was so exciting to see students come to camp each day excited about reading,” Squyres said. 

For more information on Trinity Christian Academy, please visit their website at www.tcaeagles.org or call 817-441-5897.

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