GEORGETOWN, Ky. – “Carolyn and I have experienced the joy of reading for most of our lives,” said Georgetown College President M. Dwaine Greene as he prepared Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 24, to read to students at Southern Elementary in Georgetown.
Dr. Greene, referring to Mrs. Greene, was there to participate in Reading Camp, a pilot after-school program that helps students who are falling behind in reading.
“We have many fond memories of reading to our daughters when they were small,” Dr. Greene commented.
“It is my hope this program will help each young participant see how reading can open new worlds of knowledge, understanding and opportunity throughout life.”
A secular ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, the innovative program is intended to help students through a collaborative effort that engages a host of volunteers.
Until now, Reading Camp has been primarily a summer program. Its expansion to a twice-weekly after-school session began last spring at Southern Elementary under the guidance of Michelle Sjogren, executive director.
Readers are volunteers from the United Way of the Bluegrass’ RSVP Trailblazers, part of a national initiative that engages the over 55-population who want to remain actively involved in the life of their community.
Carolyn Greene is one such volunteer and took advantage of the connection to involve her husband as a guest reader.
“We are delighted to participate in this important program for young readers,” said Dr. Greene, whose expressive reading style enthralled his young listeners.
Patrick Tuck, director of RSVP Trailblazers, said that having “celebrity readers” like Dr. Greene “adds color and variety” to the sessions.
Several other volunteers were also on hand to facilitate additional activities as part of the afternoon’s program.
Reading Camp is an official United Way of the Bluegrass-funded agency as of this year
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