Dr. James Finck (right), assistant professor of American history, confers with Jordyn Yates (center), a senior elementary education major from Waxahachie, Texas about his daughter, Savannah’s (left) progress at the conclusion of last year’s summer reading program. Registration for the free summer reading program is now open. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Summer reading program for kids begins June 4

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Upper level education majors will tutor area elementary students in reading for eight weeks this summer at the University of Science and Arts.

Students who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade are eligible for the free service.

The reading tutoring is free to the public.  Registration for the summer reading program is now available. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.


The number of children served depends on the number of USAO students who enroll for the summer instruction course. Parents of students who have been accepted for the program will be contacted May 28-31.


Beginning June 4, USAO education seniors will work one-on-one with students twice a week through July 23.


Tutorial sessions are scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:05-10 a.m. and will include reading and writing activities specifically designed for each individual child. 


Parent/teacher/student conferences are scheduled for July 23.


"Our goal is to provide each child with successful, enjoyable experiences that will support their literacy development," said Dr. Linda McElroy, professor of education.

McElroy stressed the need for students to remain active in the program once they are selected.

"We want parents to understand that it is very important for the child to attend the sessions," she said. " We cannot allow the children to be absent more than two times during the tutoring experience, because the pre-service teacher must work regularly with a child to receive credit."

Additional information and applications are available from McElroy by phone at (405) 574-1219.