CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Last summer, Charles was referred to the Appalachian Reading Center after his school considered making him repeat sixth grade.
After co-directors at the center met with the school, administrators and teachers decided to let Charles enter seventh grade "provided he get intense, specialized tutoring at the center," according to Jennifer Carriger, the camp's co-director.
Today, he is making good grades in seventh grade and is "reading well. His future has been forever changed, and he will not be troubled for the rest of his life by being held back in school," Carriger said.
The Academic Tune-Up Summer Camp provides "a caring, joyful atmosphere for students who need individualized instruction in reading, spelling and writing," according to information from Jennifer Carriger.
Children attending the camp are able to improve their academic skills while playing games, meeting friends and enjoying healthy snacks, Carriger writes.
"Many of the children attending our summer camp have experienced years of frustration with reading and spelling. Summertime is an ideal time for our highly trained, compassionate instructors to work with these children without the added stress of homework and school assignments."
One mother, whose daughter Karla attended the camp, sent a note to "express our gratitude for the energy and genuine interest your team has invested in our daughter. We have seen a world difference in her reading skills and in turn an improvement and interest in school."
Another mother thanks instructors "for sharing your gift of teaching with Peter. You have taught him the skills for reading and also the priceless love of reading. The impact that each of you has had on him, now and in the future, can never be measured."
The camp is looking for 12 partial scholarships for low-income children wishing to attend the camp at $6.25 per week per child for a total of $50 per child for eight weeks.
For more information about the camp, visit www.appalachianreading.org or call 304-744-8188.
To help a child attend this camp or others like it, mail your donation to the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. To donate online, go to wvgazette.com and look for the camp fund logo.
Every penny donated goes to camp scholarships. The Charleston Gazette covers all administrative costs.