The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

August 5, 2013

Camp aims to improve reading, speaking skills

DANVILLE — Students hit the books with some help from a veteran teacher at Thomas Beaver Library’s summer book camp.

“I try to make learning fun,” said Francis Mahoney, who’s been holding the book camp at the library for about three years. He’s been running a similar program for the last five years at the St. Joseph School, where he is also a third-grade CCD teacher.

“I love children, I want to help them,” said Mahoney.

His group session, which has been running on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. for the last four weeks, emphasizes reading comprehension and speaking in front of a group.

In one lesson, Mahoney asks the children to tell a story, such as about their summer vacation, in order to make them more comfortable with public speaking.

Mahoney prefers to use a lot of positive reinforcement in order to make his students feel better about themselves and their ideas.

The final day for the free book camp will be this Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. . Newcomers are encouraged to attend the final class. A review of the previous courses will be given to bring them up to speed.

“Helping children is very important, it should be to everyone,” said Mahoney.


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