Marietta College's Summer Reading Camp offering great experience

Marietta College's Department of Education is offering a four-week summer reading camp from 9 to 11:45 a.m. daily. The camp, which is for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall of 2006, ends July 14.

The Reading Camp is a practicum experience that allows education majors to work as teachers with children from schools in Washington and Wood counties in an intensive summer program in order to diagnose and address difficulties children may have with reading and emphasize a holistic view of the reading process.

"I absolutely love working with the children," said MC senior Samantha Jo Fuller of Belpre, Ohio. "They are always so upbeat and energetic, which makes for an enjoyable experience for me as well."

Marietta Morning Rotary Club is also an active participant in the summer reading camp. They contribute their time and talents as guest readers.

"Our partnership with the Marietta Morning Rotary Club allows us to have additional resources to enable a large number of children to participate," said Dr. Dottie Erb, chair of the education department.

The practicum experience fulfills requirements for Education 410 and 663, which are the courses for students seeking a reading endorsement to their Ohio teaching license.

"Reading Camp is an enjoyable learning experience for the college students and the children," Erb said. "The college students are able to apply much of what they have learned in their education coursework."

Undergraduate participants are: Sarah Bird (Marietta, Ohio), Rebecca Donant (Waynesburg, Ohio), Samantha Jo Fuller (Belpre, Ohio), Jennifer Hedges (Coolville, Ohio), Jenna Houck (Fleming, Ohio), Any Latorre (Columbus, Ohio), Chelsey Moore (Strongsville, Ohio), Kayte Ray (Marietta, Ohio), Victoria Rhodes (Ithaca, N.Y.), Eric Sikora (Hinckley, Ohio), Sarah Smith (Caldwell, Ohio) and Trisha Tallent (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Graduate participants are: Joy Boggess and Tisha Skinner, both from Marietta, Ohio, along with two professors, Erb and Professor Carolyn Backus, assistant director of the camp.