We looked down the hall and got our first glimpse of the children. They would become our children over the next 2 weeks. The boys and girls were following their counselors in a line, holding a sign that said Cardinals or Frogs or Raccoons. It was the first day of Camp Hutchison and we really didn’t know what to expect. My good friend, Katie LaDestro and I, had teamed up to teach second grade reading- we had our lesson plans, our materials and some information on each student. We knew these children struggled with reading. We wondered if they even wanted to be at school during the summer.

By the end of the two weeks, we were totally amazed by our students! They felt happy and comfortable being back in the classroom a real tribute to Hutchison’s teachers and administration! We set up a routine of reading with the adults at the beginning of each class. The moment they walked in our room each day, they rushed to grab the books from their basket. They loved reading with us and with the wonderful counselors in our room. Just being in a casual small group setting gave them the confidence to practice and make mistakes and learn! We saw such so much progress by the end of the second week, and we can only imagine how much they will have improved by the end of camp.

It was such a blessing for Katie and me to be able to work with these children. We see God’s love working in the world all around us, but sometimes it’s the little things that count the most. In Jeremiah, God says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) Who would have thought that sitting in a classroom on a summer’s day with a little boy or girl reading aloud could have made such an impact on our hearts and our lives!

-Connie Giovanini

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