SWOSU Students Helping Area Children Improve Reading Skills
Several area children are benefiting from a summer reading program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
The children have an opportunity to boost their reading skills under the direction of 18 SWOSU students in Dr. Ann Russell's senior level course-Diagnostic Practices in Teaching Reading. The SWOSU students engage in service learning as they instruct students in reading. Russell said the program builds success in motivating an enjoyment of reading, and many children return several years in a row to participate in it.
Dr. Russell has been associated with the program for 24 years, but the program has been in existence for many more years than that. Enrollment in the program begins after spring break each year, and the class usually fills up quickly. The program is well supported by area teachers and administrators who help refer participants in grades 1-6.