SRU Good News for Jan. 20, 2009
SRU teacher candidates help 594 area elementary students read
Twenty-six Slippery Rock University teacher candidates in Cinda Findlan's "Elementary Reading Methods" course changed the lives of 594 Slippery Rock Area Elementary School children by bringing Jumpstart's national "Read for the Record" program to their schools.
"It was a great project," Findlan, an assistant professor of elementary education and early childhood, said. "The focus was on helping make early education a national priority by focusing on reading."
The "Read for the Record" project engages students across the U.S. as they all read the same book on the same day. This year's reading selection was "Corduroy" by Don Freeman.
"Our students visited 17 classrooms at the Moraine and Har-Mer elementary schools offering engaging lessons based on the book," Findlan said. "Current research overwhelmingly supports the importance of facilitating early and emerging literacy skills in young children as a critical foundation for literacy development," Findlan said. "Jumpstart's Read for the Record is a positive way to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy skills."
The day's activities were designed to generate public awareness about the importance of early childhood education. Shared reading experiences ranged from an adult and child reading in their home to large group events with hundreds of people gathering at public facilities for community reading sessions. Last year, the program raised more than $1 million to directly support and expand the organization's early education work in low-income communities.
Jumpstart is a national nonprofit organization that engages preschool children from low-income communities in an intensive early education program. Jumpstart trains adult mentors, primarily college students, to work in yearlong, one-to-one relationships with at-risk children to improve their language, literacy and social skills. Since 1993, thousands of Jumpstart mentors have helped more than 50,000 children from low-income communities around the country enter school ready to learn at grade level. To find out more, visit http://www.jstart.org. To learn more about the reading campaign visit: www.readfortherecord.org.
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