Can you imagine not being able to read and having no one to help? The cathedral knows this struggle first hand, and thanks to the Camping and Youth Committee, the cathedral is again sponsoring Summer Camp Reading June 8 through July 17.
Every day for six weeks children going into the third or fourth grade will work one-on-one with expert tutors, make crafts that match the book of the day, play literacy games, and write in journals. They will work with laptops and practice a moment of meditation.
They enjoy two free meals each day. Cathedral members Joe Dehner and the Rev. Noel Julnes-Dehner founded this amazing group, with Dianne Ebbs serving as executive director. There is no cost to families, even though the children enjoy two meals – breakfast and lunch – each day.
In Cincinnati over 45% of our children live in poverty, the stress of which affects brain development. Not only do many of their families lack enough money for regular, healthy meals, children often face eviction and violence in the streets. Nationally, 80% of children in low-income families are below reading proficiency, and 49% are below grade-level.
In an effort to curb these numbers and to help the children behind this epidemic, we ask for donation in the form of laptops in working condition, breakfast bars, $10 gift cards from stores such as Walmart and Target, and books for first through fourth graders. (See list of suggested titles.) Donations can be left at the front desk for the attention of Dianne Ebbs. We also need volunteers to read with the children.
For more information, please contact Dianne Ebbs.