This summer, the Medaille College Department of Education Reading Center has partnered with the SPCA Serving Erie County and its Tale for Two Summer Reading Program. Led by Assistant Professor Christine Woodcock, Ph.D., graduate students in Medaille’s M.S.Ed. literacy education program have been tutoring nine children, ranging in age from 6 to 14, at Medaille’s Reading Center this summer semester. With the new partnership, the children have gotten to read books to animals at the SPCA via Zoom each morning, under the guidance of their literacy tutors.
Dr. Woodcock initiated the partnership with the SPCA Serving Erie County with the hopes of creating a meaningful, enjoyable and civically engaging experience for the children, and the SPCA specifically tailored its Tale for Two Summer Reading Program to coordinate with the Medaille Reading Center initiative. In conjunction with the reading program, the youth have been able to learn about the importance of animal shelters in the community, and they have raised money and awareness to help with adoption efforts. In August, the children will also deliver a donation to the SPCA, on behalf of Medaille, along with homemade dog treats.
Medaille is thankful for the collaboration of partners at the SPCA and for all of the volunteers who sit with animals during the Zoom sessions, so that all of the students have a chance to read to the animals.
The Medaille College Reading Center allows M.S.Ed. literacy program students to complete their series of practica necessary for licensure as a literacy specialist, and it offers individualized literacy instruction to students in grades Pre-K through 12.
Thank you to the following Medaille College graduate students who are participating in the Tale for Two Summer Reading Program by serving as literacy tutors this semester:
- Julia Barber
- Haley Freiheit
- Tia Fulater
- Kristen Kline
- Courtney Kopper
- Abigail Nicometi
- Stephanie Oswald
- Melissa Peters
- Caitlin Quinn
Clinical Assistant Professor and M.S.Ed. Literacy Program Director Michelle Cefaratti, M.Ed., serves as the Reading Center Coordinator at Medaille, and Department of Education Chair Jeffrey Faunce, Ph.D., helped support the partnership by securing funding that will aid in the donation from Medaille to the SPCA.
Pictured: As part of their efforts to raise awareness for animal adoptions, children participating in the Tale for Two Summer Reading Program made posters of animals currently eligible for adoption at the SPCA Serving Erie County and hung them in the Medaille College Sullivan Campus Center.