MOUNT VERNON — A summer refresher course is being offered to local elementary students in the areas of reading and science at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The first of two Super Summer Quest sessions wrapped up today at the Jennie K. Moore Preschool with another session beginning Monday.
Barb Wood, who is employed as a teacher in the East Knox Local School District, attended a professional development activity last year where she learned of similar camps conducted at universities. She approached Sonja Smith, who recently retired as dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies, with the idea of conducting summer education camps at MVNU.
“Her concern was that we offer something in the middle of the summer that would keep kids moving forward in their reading progress,” said Smith. A committee then met to discuss program options where it was decided to offer a Reading Quest for students in grades one to three and a Science Quest for those in grades four to six.