Neighborhood children struggle learning how to read and one local church has stepped up to help.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Parkersburg is holding a reading camp all week that focuses on second, third and fourth graders in trying to get them more interested in reading.
Rev. Marjorie Bevans says they're getting the kids more access to books to read and introducing them to reading skills they might not have tried before.
“They get a lot of one-on-one attention,” she says. “We have six certified school teachers that are assisting -- so they are using what they know, what they use in their classrooms and the kids are really benefiting from it.”
Marc Harshman, West Virginia’s poet laureate and award-winning author was a guest at the camp.
After only the third day of the program, they are already seeing improvement in a few of the kids.
Bevans says there's a phenomenal change in attitude about reading for some of them.
The camp continues through Friday, August 9, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the public. Hop on the reading railroad.