Since 2018, Trinity has sponsored a free Summer Reading camp at the church for children from pre-k to grade 3 who are enrolled in Title 1 reading during the school year and are struggling readers. Children who struggle with reading tend to fall behind in the summer months and don’t seek out the opportunity to read which results in the “summer slump”. Participating in Summer Reading Camp will help the children retain their skills and start school on a more even footing with their peers. This program is a part of Trinity’s outreach to the surrounding community and is one of the many ways we live out our mission statement of “loving, living, and sharing in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Children in the program receive breakfast and lunch because providing adequate nutrition during the summer months is a priority. In addition, the children have the opportunity to visit the library and obtain a library card, receive free books to build their home libraries, participate in fun hands on activities based on their reading level, receive gift cards for increasing reading time at home, and have their parents or guardians participate in a workshop to get tips and materials to help their child at home.
This program is open to children from Pottsville, St. Clair, and the surrounding areas. We have partnered with Schuylkill County Child Development, Gillingham, Assumption, as well as the Pottsville, and St. Clair Area School Districts for referrals for camp. In 2020 the program was cancelled due to COVID but the families had the opportunity to participate in a drive through event where we distributed books and learning materials. In 2021, we will be able to hold an in person camp but with a reduced enrollment in order to allow for social distance and ensure health and safety measures to protect all of the campers and staff. To refer a child for camp, interested families should speak with their child’s reading specialist or contact Barb Tokarz at 570-739-4123 to receive an application.
A visit from Porcupine Pat
Children at work on a reading activity
A visit from the Pottsville children’s librarian
Drive through distribution of learning materials 2020