Waco Scottish Rite Golf Tournament To Be Held April 22

April 8, 2005

by Judy Long

The 15th Annual Waco Scottish Rite Charitable Golf Tournament announced tee-offs will begin at1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Connally Golf Course in Waco. The tournament supports Camp Success, a language and literacy summer camp offered jointly by Baylor University and the Waco Scottish Rite.

The entry fee is $75 per player, and support can range up to $5,000 for a super platinum sponsorship.

Camp Success, which has had phenomenal success helping children with reading difficulties, bases its approach on research conducted by the program's director, Dr. Michaela Ritter, associate professor in Baylor's department of communication sciences and disorders.

Ritter said it is possible to predict whether a student will have 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 the camp. The camp is offered at no cost to the students' families or schools.

Approximately 20-30 percent of children entering public school each year have difficulty learning to read. In Central Texas, 4,500 children begin school each year with language impairments that will affect their ability to read.

Waco Scottish Rite and Baylor's Communication Disorders Clinic in the department of communication sciences and disorders both have a long history of helping children with language disorders and dyslexia. The Scottish Rite operates 163 language and literacy clinics for children nationwide, while Baylor has graduated more than 1,200 speech-language pathologists since the department began in 1976. Baylor students have provided thousands of Central Texas children with treatment of their speech, language and hearing disorders at little or no cost to their parents.

For more information, call the Waco Scottish Rite at 752-1618. For more information on Camp Success, call 710-2567.

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