Baylor Literacy Camp Receives $85,000 from Waco Scottish Rite

June 19, 2009

by Nincy Mathew, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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A Baylor University annual summer literacy program will receive a generous donation from Waco's Scottish Rite.

Representatives of Waco Scottish Rite will present Baylor's Camp Success with more than $85,000 on Tuesday, June 23 at Bennett Auditorium. The grant will be used to provide the camp with books, supplies and faculty salaries. Camp Success is a free program completely funded by donations from the Scottish Rite. The organization has contributed approximately $500,000 over the past seven years.

"We are so thankful for the partnership that we share with Scottish Rite," said Dr. Michaela Ritter, associate chair of the department of communication sciences and disorders at Baylor.

Ritter said the four-week camp provides an intensive literacy and language therapy sessions to children ranging from five to 18 that have been diagnosed with reading disorders or dyslexia. Over four weeks, the children receive 48 hours of treatment after completing an evaluation from Baylor's Language and Literacy Clinic.

The program has grown to 80 children now attending with nearly 200 children on the waiting list. After successfully completing the camp, Waco's Scottish Rite will host a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, July 2.

Baylor faculty, graduate students, adjunct faculty and undergraduate students also are involved in providing literary services to the children.

For more information, contact Dr. Ritter at (254) 710-4745 or Michaela_Ritter@baylor.edu.

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