April 7 News Conference Announcing The Waco Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament

April 3, 2005

by Judy Long

Grant Teaff, spokesperson for the 15th Annual Waco Scottish Rite Charitable Golf Tournament, will hold a press conference to announce the kick-off drive for the tournament. The conference will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at the American Football Coaches Association headquarters, 100 Legend Lane, off University Parks in front of the Baylor Law School.

This year, the tournament will support Camp Success, the language and literacy summer camp offered by Baylor University and the Waco Scottish Rite.

Camp Success is a unique reading camp which has had phenomenal success helping children with reading difficulties. Dr. Michaela Ritter, director of the program, based the camp's approach on research she conducted in Central Texas schools for her doctoral dissertation in language and literacy.

"Public schools do not have the luxury of such individualized work with students. Reading specialists in schools do an excellent job," Ritter said. "But they often lack the time, the personnel, the equipment or all three to design such individualized programs."

Ritter said it is possible to predict whether a student will having difficulty learning to read by age five, so pre-schoolers who have been screened, along with children who have had problems in school, are eligible to attend and receive the specialized remediation course she developed.

Teaff, Ritter, Waco Scottish Rite chairman Claude Ervin and Camp Success graduates and their parents will be available for interviews. For more information, call the Waco Scottish Rite at 752-1618.

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