With a program filled with music, dance and laughter, the RU Department of Communication Science and Disorders capped an ambitious RiteCare© Clinics summer devoted to helping children develop and enhance communication and literacy skills.
More than 60 children and family members gathered with members of the Scottish Rite Foundation Friday in RU's Hurlburt Student Center for a carnival, performances, lunch and a book reading session led by James Cole, Scottish Rite Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Virginia.
"I have been reading to this group for nine or ten years and it is always fun," said Cole, who read "Olivia Saves the Circus" to a rapt and supportive audience. Cole then presented RU Provost Sam Minner a check for $33,000 to support initiatives that enhance literacy and language skills of children in the New River Valley.
"Thanks to the help and support of the Scottish Rite Foundation, we were able to help children of all ages with a range of needs at these four camps," said COSD Chair Diane Millar. Minner added his thanks, saying, "Since the 1950's the Scottish Rite Foundation has been helping improve and foster communication skills and we thank you for helping Radford's best do what they do best."