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Charleston couple hopes to expand math camp

Charleston Daily Mail photo by Samuel Speciale Patricia Kusimo helps Tyren Taylor, 8, set up a math program on his iPad at a math camp at Christ Life Fellowship in South Hills. The math camp, started by Kusimo and her husband, helps students practice math problems.
Charleston Daily Mail photo by Samuel Speciale
Patricia Kusimo helps Tyren Taylor, 8, set up a math program on his iPad at a math camp at Christ Life Fellowship in South Hills. The math camp, started by Kusimo and her husband, helps students practice math problems.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Joseph Kusimo retired from an engineering career eight years ago to become the pastor of a small community church in South Hills, but he still has a love for mathematics he hopes to instill in the students he has tutored this summer.

“I don’t think math should be difficult,” Kusimo said. “Every kid should love it.”

That conviction led Kusimo to start a math camp at Christ Life Fellowship this summer with his wife, Patricia, who taught at West Virginia State University for nine years and spent time working for the Center for Professional Development and the Education Alliance.

The two feel they are called to a purpose, which they say the math camp is part of.

“We believe God has put us here for a purpose — to meet some of the needs these kids have,” Patricia said.

While the Kusimos host the camp in their church’s parsonage and several of the students are members, they don’t necessarily view it as a ministry.

Joseph said he hopes to expand the camp, which ended last week, to become a year-round program for the whole community…

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