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January 28, 2013

Mount Royal University Partners with Calgary Reads to Promote Literacy and Develop Future Teachers

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Mount Royal University is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Calgary Reads to provide Mount Royal students from the Department of Education and Schooling opportunities for practical learning by working one-on-one with Grade 1 or 2 students in the Calgary Reads @School Tutoring Program.

After remarks by Mount Royal University President David Docherty, Calgary Reads Executive Director Steacy Collyer and second year Bachelor or Education student from Mount Royal Barbara Wiegele, volunteers will read to small groups of grade 1 and 2 students from Richmond School.

Once Docherty and Collyer officially sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Mount Royal University and Calgary Reads, Docherty and Olympian Kyle Shewfelt will read some entertaining stories aloud to the children from books provided by the Calgary Public Library.

This pilot project supports Calgary Reads’ early literacy initiative which targets struggling Grade 1 or 2 readers and their families in Calgary. Thirty-two Mount Royal University students will be placed in schools for tutoring (in pairs).

Docherty says, “Ultimately, Calgary Reads and Mount Royal University share a common goal: helping students prepare for successful lives and satisfying careers.”

This innovative project also builds the capacity of future teachers to deliver high quality, effective literacy education to elementary students while engaging them in community service learning.

“This important partnership with Mount Royal University and Calgary Reads encourages meaningful collaboration to increase awareness of the importance of early literacy, build capacities in people and create powerful opportunities for future teachers to experience the school environment while increasing their literacy education skills,” says Collyer. “Together with Mount Royal University we are building a thriving community where all children can read with confidence and joy.”

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