EDINBURG Beginning July 11, Sylvan Learning will hold the first of three, two-week writing camps at the Museum of South Texas History. The writing camps offer learning enrichment with a focus on regional history for students entering third through eighth grade.

"Avoid Summer Learning Loss" is Sylvan's message to families who hope to encourage their child's writing skills during the summer break. While enrolled, students have the opportunity to use the museum's exhibits to excite their imaginations, develop writing skills, and learn the history of the region. Spanish explorers, steamboats, and even a life-sized mammoth replica are just some of the potential writing topics that create an educational experience like no other. In addition, students will also receive a free, one-year family FRIENDship to MOSTH when enrolled. Sylvan Executive Director Susan Valverde said, "We feel the museum is such a gem for the Valley and offers a rich learning environment where children can be inspired and motivated to learn. We hope this will be the first of many partnerships with MOSTH."

For information on the writing camps, including fees, please call Sylvan Learning at 956-756-0129. For general museum information call 956-383-6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.