Summer Reading Camp was held during the week of July 12-16 in Trinity’s undercroft with 14 children attending from the Pottsville and St. Clair School Districts and Gillingham Academy. The theme for the camp was Bugs and Leah Zerbe from Potters Farm visited us on Monday to present an interactive program on observation skills and how bugs adapt to the environment. Each child received a bug catching kit during camp and enjoyed exploring the side yard at Trinity to collect specimens.
Each day began with a group activity, led by Erin Banonis which highlighted information about bugs and how they adapt to their environment. After group time, the children went to their classrooms where they worked on phonics, reading comprehension skills, math, and writing activities appropriate to their age and reading level. Each day we had a guest reader from the parish or the community. On Thursday, we took a field trip to the Pottsville Library where the children participated in games, a story hour and were able to take books out with their newly acquired library cards.
On Friday we had a parent workshop and luncheon which was well attended. The parents received tips on helping their children improve their reading skills and were given materials and games that they could use at home with their children to make reading enjoyable.
The staff wants to take this opportunity to thank all of the parishioners who supported Lunches for Learners. The lunches were delicious and nutritious, and for many of the children, were quite a change from their usual meals. We are also grateful to Weiss and Giant markets for gift cards for groceries, as well as McDonald’s and Dairy Queen for gift cards for the children who became “Super Readers”.
We plan to hold camp once again in 2022 and are always happy to have new volunteers. We are exploring the possibility of partnering with the Presbyterian Church for camp next summer. If you need any additional information or would enjoy helping with camp next year, please contact Barb Tokarz.