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May 8 event recognizes UI work-study tutors and their students
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa organizers of a federal program
that matches UI students with elementary school children who can benefit
from some extra help reading will recognize the tutors, their students
and the program's sponsors during an event at 7 p.m. Friday,May 8.
The "America Reads Challenge" Tutoring Program will hold its
year-end celebration in the gymnasium of Grant Wood Elementary School,
1930 Lakeside Dr. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
America Reads Challenge is an initiative created by President Clinton
and designed to use college and university student employees as reading
tutors for elementary-age children. The UI portion of the program began
in fall 1997.
The students are paid through the federal work-study program in a project
coordinated jointly through the UI College of Education, the UI Office
of Student Services, and the UI Office of Student Financial Aid.
Project Supervisor Peggy Rowell says the first year has been a success,
with 38 tutors (including 10 who volunteered as non-paid tutors) helping
115 children in five Iowa City elementary schools.
"It's been a very rewarding year for all of us," Rowell says.
"The year-end celebration is our way of thanking the students for
their good work and of recognizing all the children who participated in
the America Reads tutoring program."
The ceremony will include remarks by Rowell and project director Cathy
Roller, professor in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction. Also on
hand will be members of the UI administration and the Iowa City Community
Business supporters Target Stores and Staple's: The Office Store, which
each donated supplies, and the College of Education, which donated books
for the children, will be honored for their help in the project.
The UI is one of more than 160 universities and colleges in the United
States taking part in America Reads Challenge. The UI Office of Student
Financial Aid has received more than $100,000 in work-study money for the
America Reads Challenge program in the 1997-98 budget year.