Junior League of Tyler Hosts Summer Reading Camp
The Junior League of Tyler, Inc., is hosting its 2016 Summer Reading Camp from 9:00 am until noon, through Friday (Jun 24) at Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School. About 140 incoming third-grade students are attending this free camp, which promotes a love of books and literacy.
“What an awesome opportunity the Junior League is providing these children,” said Jean Arnold, Co-Chair of this year’s camp. “It brings us so much joy to see the smiles on their faces when they leave camp with a bag full of new books. We are so proud to be part of an organization that generously gives back to the community.”
Maggie Wright is co-chairing this event along with Arnold. Volunteers have worked to create fun activities to correspond with each “Book of the Day.” Books include “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Casey at Bat,” and the official children’s book of Tyler, “Goodnight Rose City,” which was written by members of the League and published by T.B. Butler Publishing.
Through drama, art, and movement centers, children improve reading and writing skills while having fun. Also, students leave camp with 25 new books.
Special guests this year include 2006 Rose Queen Lauren Jones Stoltz, Fresh Chef Michael Brady and Camp Tyler Coordinator Ace Adams, as well as volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, Therapet, East Texas Food Bank, the Robert E. Lee baseball team, local firefighters, police officers and garbage collectors.
This camp is funded and coordinated through the volunteer efforts of the Junior League of Tyler, which has invested more than $290,000 and 20,000 volunteer hours into local nonprofit and community programs this year alone.
For more information about Summer Reading Camp, please go to juniorleagueoftyler.org or call 903-595-5426.