Department of Communication Disorders helps local youth improve literacy at the Huntington Reading Camp


Twenty-four campers attended this year’s Huntington Reading Camp, a free-five-day event for children who are struggling readers, which concluded June 27.  The camp, which is sponsored yearly by the Department of Communication Disorders, provided each camper with 15 hours of reading instructions, strategies and skill builders taught by local teachers.

In addition, campers enjoyed outdoor activities at Beech Fork State Park, the Huntington Museum of Art and the former Proctor Farm. At the conclusion of the camp.  participants received a backpack with four books, one being an autographed copy by Colleen Anderson, children’s author of “Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom,” who visited the camp.

Dr. Susan Thomas Frank, associate professor of communication disorders and one of the camp’s many advocates, said this intensive one-week camp helps struggling readers learn to love to read, improve study and reading skills, and have fun with others who share their goals.

“In this country, we have a tremendous illiteracy problem and we know reading and writing problems cross socio-economic lines. A camp like this is so important because we live in the information age, where literacy is a necessary element for academic achievement,” Frank said. “Through this camp, we want to instill a love of reading and writing and provide them with the confidence to succeed outside of the classroom.”

The camp is sponsored by three local Episcopal churches in Huntington and has been held at St. John’s Episcopal Church for the past two years. Frank said the initiatives of the camp are conducted nationally and internationally and would not be possible without the support of local teachers, students and members of the community.

To learn more about the Huntington Reading Camp visit www.readingcampinhuntington.org.  To learn more about the Department of Communication Disorders and its involvement in the community, visit www.marshall.edu/cohp.