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Citadel News Service
13 Jul 2017

Citadel program tackles summer reading loss for Lowcountry students

The Summer Reading Program celebrates four decades of service to the community

When books across Lowcountry schools close for the summer, the literacy education department at The Citadel opens them.

For 40 years, The Citadel Summer Reading Program has been helping boost the reading skills of local school children. The annual program, founded by Zucker Family School of Education Professor Dan Ouzts, Ph.D., pairs students in the literacy education program with local school children for one-on-one sessions for two weeks during the month of June. Literacy Education Professor Robin Jocius, Ph.D., currently directs the program.

The program serves children who are reading two or more years below grade level and are experiencing reading problems. Master of education candidates create individual plans of study for students based on a variety of literacy assessment tools. When students complete the program, they leave with a jumpstart on the new school year and a personalized reading program.

WATCH: Literacy Education Professor Robin Jocius and CGC student Kelly Murphy talk about the program

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