Area Children Benefits from Reading Program at SWOSU


Summer Reading Program
Youngsters in grades 1-6 are benefiting from a reading program this summer at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Among those attending are (front from left): Hailey Drake, Rylee Hankins and Tyler Abney. Second row from left—Levi Yarber, Grant Olmo, Tiffanie Thomason and Rose Murray. Third row from left—Dylan Abney, Kallie Collins, Rylee Abney, Madison Atchley, Ansley Butler and Savanna Salcido. Back row from left—Rylan Smith, Zitlali Martinez, Braylee McGee, Jonny Gomez, Layne Mitchell, Harper Pagliasotti and Trenton Rodriguez. Not pictured are Bryson Cook, Noah Crystal and Kason Quintero.

Twenty students in Dr. Ann Russell’s summer course, Diagnostic Practices in Teaching Reading, at Southwestern Oklahoma State University have had an excellent opportunity to engage in service learning as they instruct children in reading as part of their course requirements.

University students in the SWOSU Department of Education are tutoring 23 individual children who signed up for a reading boost.  The program builds success in motivating an enjoyment of reading, and many children return each year to be a part of it, according to Dr. Russell, who has been associated with the program for 26 years.

Enrollment for the eight-week summer program begins after spring break each year. The program is well supported by area teachers and administrators who refer participants in grades 1-6.