Literary summer pursuits

Enrichment: The message to the Baltimore elementary school pupils who participated in a monthlong reading camp was that reading "opens new worlds."


Pupils from five Baltimore City public elementary schools wrapped up Friday a month-long series of reading and writing activities on the campus of three private schools during the annual Baltimore Readers' Camp.

This summer, the 11-year-old program included about 100 fourth- and fifth-graders at the campuses of Gilman, Bryn Mawr and Roland Park Country schools.

The pupils, from James McHenry, Mildred Monroe, Franklin Square, Pimlico and Edgecombe Circle elementary schools, took part in various activities "that we hope deliver the message that reading is fun and exciting as it opens new worlds," said Susan Mills, director of the Baltimore Readers' Camp.

At Bryn Mawr, children wrote poetry and read it aloud, wrote and read aloud reviews of books they had read, and interviewed one another and shared their work. The pupils at Gilman also wrote poetry and concentrated on geography, while those at Roland Park Country School read books with an around-the-world theme. The children also took part in music and art activities, and read chapter books.

The reading camp, which costs about $50,000 a year, is funded by grants from institutions such as the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for Children and the Jane Egenton Home.

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