McDaniel grad students offer reading help

August 06, 2008

This summer, 74 elementary- and middle-school children improved their reading skills at McDaniel College’s more than 30-year-old Reading Clinic. For the second year, Bank of America provided a $10,000 grant to the program, which is staffed by 22 master’s degree candidates in McDaniel’s Reading Specialist graduate program. Debra Miller, associate professor of education at McDaniel and a recognized expert in reading, directs the clinic.

The Summer Reading Clinic provides an opportunity for children to quickly and effectively build their overall literacy levels. The program also benefits the regional community as the 22 teachers return to their classrooms armed with the skills and materials necessary to reach countless more students. In addition to their knowledge of a variety of methods for assessment and instruction, these teachers become leaders who teach other teachers how to most effectively work with students in need of reading assistance.

Teachers at area schools recommend children they believe will most benefit from the summer program held at Mechanicsville Elementary School in Carroll County, Md. The school donates the use of the facility and allows clinic participants to use its books, media center, and computers enabling the college to keep the costs of the program low.

Through its Master of Science degree in Education: Reading Specialist, McDaniel College offers a graduate program in reading that seeks to create leaders in literacy education.  As part of the curriculum, candidates participate in the Summer Reading Clinic.  This creative summer program has been in operation for more than three decades and has directly served hundreds of children from Carroll County communities.  The Reading Clinic offers four weeks of intensive, individualized instruction for primary, intermediate, and middle school students.

As a sponsor, Bank of America is building strong, healthy neighborhoods where people can live, work, and dream by investing in innovative programs designed to serve local community needs.  The local grants the bank distributes address pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of communities across the nation.