NEA grant provides e-readers
to boost literacy in North Manchester
Manchester College students contribute more than 3,000 hours annually to tutoring children in reading in local schools.
To enhance and expand those one-on-one opportunities that inspire readers, some of the College’s future teachers are using Kindle e-readers in Manchester Elementary School. The new literacy aid is funded by a grant from the National Education Association through its Community Learning through America’s Schools (CLASS).
Leading the grant writing for the Kindle project were junior elementary education majors Clorinda Tharp of Winchester, Ind., and Jordan Kinn of Hicksville, Ohio. Their project is part of the College’s Partners in Learning program of volunteer tutors in area elementary, middle and high schools.
“Partners in Learning has taken leaps and improved over the years, and I am certain the Kindles will enhance the students’ experience,” says Tharp. “I can’t wait to watch their enthusiasm for reading grow.”
The MC volunteer reading tutors, the Kindles and the youngsters come together on Wednesday afternoons at Manchester Elementary School. Initially, each of the Kindle e-readers was loaded with eight books for the children to practice reading.
The NEA Student Program is a nationwide grassroots organization with 67,000 members who are preparing for jobs in the education profession.