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Xavier Reading Camp keeps local schoolchildren focused on their reading skills

Camp temporarily transforms parts of the Cohen Center into an elementary school

07/21/14

For two weeks, about 130 schoolchildren in grades 1-8 are focusing on their reading skills at Xavier’s annual summer Reading Camp. The 2014 camp bring the children to campus from Monday, July 21, through Friday, Aug. 1, at the A.B. Cohen Center just east of the Cintas Center.

Camp takes place in the mornings, from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., when a team of faculty and 40 Xavier graduate students individually assess the children’s reading skills and create tailored literacy lessons targeting reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

All available spaces in the Cohen Center have been transformed into theme-based and engaging classrooms resembling an elementary school, inviting the students to explore and learn. The team follows the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession and national reading standards.

The camp ends with an Open House at 10:00 a.m. in the Conaton Learning Commons’ Kennedy Auditorium for parents and friends to share and celebrate the work of the children. At last year’s Open House, a first grader was heard to say, “Mom, come look at what we did in Reading Camp. This is what school should be like.”