Donors Help TAMIU Reading Center to Offer Summer Program

Donors Help TAMIU Reading Center
to Offer Summer Reading Program

Despite the ending of federal funding for Texas A&M International University’s reading program, private donors have helped to assure that its Summer Reading Program will continue.

Offered by the TAMIU Eduardo M. Hinojosa Reading Research Center, the program is directed by the College of Education and supports the development of literacy in linguistically and culturally diverse students.

Funding for the program will terminate August 31. Original funds for the four-year program totaled $461,000, or $115,250 per year.

Private funding has been provided to assist in presenting Summer Literacy Camps, a popular feature for children entering 2nd to 5th grade that has been offered for the past four years.

International Bank of Commerce has sponsored one camp, while Laredoans Tony and Tani Sanchez have sponsored six additional camps. Should enough parents express an interest, a final camp will be offered at TAMIU Reading Clinic at a cost of $150 per child.

The camps are scheduled during various hours in the months of June and July. Those eligible for the camps include students entering 2nd to 5th grades and school principals will select students. 

The camp locations include Concord Hills Community Center, Larga Vista Community Center, Centeno Elementary School, Santo Niño Elementary School and Salvador García Middle School at the Texas Center Temporary Building. These camps are provided at no cost to participants, but each camp is limited to 25 students.

The TAMIU camp will be held from June 6 to June 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For additional information, contact the Center at 326-2923.

Center hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. To add children to camp lists, school principals at area schools may also be contacted.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu