The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

June 25, 2014

Kids sought for workshop

DANVILLE –With three students showing up Tuesday for the first day of a workshop, Francis Mahoney is hoping for more.

The free workshops, to help students improve reading, writing and speaking, continue today and Thursday. They will go on next week if students want or if more students, who have completed at least third grade, show up.

Sessions start at 1 p.m. in the Thomas Beaver Free Library at East Market and Ferry streets.

Lily Romig, 8, was part of last year’s workshop. “I liked everything,” she said and was looking forward to writing a story during this year’s workshop.

Nine-year-old Samantha Jordan hopes to learn to read better.

Fahd Khan, 9, was also new to the workshop and said he wants to work on cursive writing.

On Tuesday, they worked on reading, being able to tell the others in the group what they had read, study habits, spelling and using dictionaries.

Mahoney taught last year’s course in the library.

He has always enjoyed teaching and helping children and volunteers his time in the summer. This is the first year he is teaching cursive writing.

A former substitute teacher at Danville High School and Danville Middle School, the Riverside resident teaches religious education classes at St. Joseph School.

He said his course is also aimed at the kids having fun this summer.

During the early part of the workshop, Lily read a story about dinosaurs and explained what she had read.

Samantha read about an artist who decided to give up dong serious work and add more humor to her creations.

Mahoney said he hopes to teach kids how to read faster and practical skills such as addressing an envelope. He expects to work with them so they become comfortable speaking before people.

Interested students may show up either day since there will be different subjects each day.

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