Daemen, Reynolds Center, Collaborate for Sixth Summer Reading Camp

Two-Week Instruction Offered for Students from Third through Sixth Grade


June 24, 2013



Contact:  MikeAndrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472




Contact:  Lisa Waterrose- Director

                Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Educations

                and After-School Programs

                (716) 839-8525



           Filling a vital need in Buffalo’s Seneca Babcock and Fruit Belt communities, Daemen and the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs will again offer a summer reading camp for students from those neighborhoods.


           The two-week camp, titled “Learn, Create & Perform,” will be offered on the Daemen campus for students entering third through sixth grade.


           As in previous years, Daemen Visual and Performing Arts Associate Professor Chris Brandjes and Sharon Benz, Director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, will collaborate on the camp.


           “There are many students in both the Seneca Babcock and Fruit Belt neighborhoods struggling with serious reading deficiencies,” noted Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.


           “Daemen has been assisting students in Seneca Babcock through after-school programs for over 10 years, and the reading camps are a valuable addition. One very positive result is that we are seeing an increased high school graduation rate among students there now.


           “Our partnership with residents of the Fruit Belt was initiated in 2004, and our goal there is the same: to provide assistance to make it possible for more young people to lead successful lives.” 


           The theme for the 2013 camp is “Fairy Tale Adventures,” based on Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Snow White.  The camp will run from July 8-19, weekdays, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 


           The Reynolds Center received grant funding to support student transportation, as well as a donation from Project Flight providing each camp participant with two new books. 


           Theater instruction provided by Chris Brandjes will include stage presence, the importance of facing the audience, speech clarity, narrative text, and a variety of activities focusing on the four stories. Students will be guided in developing a play, to be performed for parents and community partners Friday afternoon, July 19, the last day of camp.


           Participating students will receive art instruction from Carla Reeves, a Daemen art education graduate and Artist in Residence at Women and Children’s Hospital.  All students will have opportunities to create the props, costumes, set design, and scenery to be used in the final performance.   


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