CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Before one 7-year-old boy with dyslexia attended writing camp last summer, he struggled with reading and writing.
"He has never been held back, but he's had to work really hard every year and we had to get him extra help to try to keep up with the other kids," the camper's parent said.
"Since the writing camp, he loves to write, more than he did before. He is more aware of his writing."
The young writers camps -- Fun With Words, for elementary students, and Finding My Voice, for middle school students -- are sponsored by the Central West Virginia Writing Project. The group hosted the summer camps for the first time last year.
Fun With Words and Finding My Voice are two of the camps supported by the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund.
The writing camps aim to develop writing skills using children's literature. In small groups, students are guided on sentence building, paragraph organization and engaging in reading, writing and computer-based activities.
The young camper was proud of the writing pieces he completed during the week of the camp.