October 2004

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PT dedication inspires Hollings to reminisce
The new Zoo
General's Journal
Brigadier Foundation announces
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Long lost ring reunited with owner
Alabama reporter gives heartwarming tribute to The Citadel
Board of Visitors tackles stadium,
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Wachovia grant boosts reading program
Extra: Dawgs lead the good life

Wachovia grant boosts reading program

Wachovia Supports Reading Program at The Citadel
With $250,000 Gift

The Wachovia Foundation has authorized a grant of $250,000, payable in five annual installments, to The Citadel in support of the Wachovia Reading Program conducted through The Citadel’s School of Education.

A free outreach service to the Charleston community, the program is designed to provide remedial reading assistance to elementary school students who lag behind their peers by two or more years. Wachovia’s participation will enable The Citadel School of Education to expand significantly the scope of this 25-year-old program, conducted by graduate students pursuing the Masters of Education degree in Reading or School Psychology, as well as those seeking their South Carolina state teaching certification.

“The Citadel is deeply grateful to the Wachovia Foundation for expanding a program so vital to our community outreach,” said Citadel President Major General John S. Grinalds, USMC (Retired). “The benefits for program participants and the graduate students who are mentor-educators will positively impact the lives of Lowcountry children and their families for years to come. The Wachovia Foundation, through this grant, is demonstrating corporate concern that exemplifies the concept of leadership through service to others.”

Approximately 25 graduate students currently participate as mentor-educators in The Citadel Summer Reading Program, working one-on-one with community children requiring assistance. The gift from the Wachovia Foundation will allow the program to expand, offering nearly twice as many students the opportunity to participate. After two initial weeks of intensive instruction and training, the degree-seeking students offer individualized counseling and generate, as the basis of their coursework, a case study detailing the youth’s reading difficulties, diagnosis and progress over the course of the program. The profile of the tutored student is then made available to the youth’s family and teacher for the next academic year.

Colonel Dan T. Ouzts, a professor of education who was recently named interim dean of The Citadel School of Education, founded this community outreach initiative at the college in 1978. The Wachovia Reading Program, he observes, significantly enhances a “program that has afforded many children and their families an opportunity to develop and acquire the most vital function in our world – the ability to read well and to see the value of reading in one’s life.”

According to Col. Ouzts, the case studies indicate that it is not atypical for students to show a seven-month gain in reading comprehension achieved over the course of the program. Perhaps most importantly, the children learn that their reading and learning skills are not beyond improvement, that their individual academic success is valued, and that many educators in the system are, in fact, deeply committed to their intellectual development.

For his efforts in promoting mentorship and remedial reading assistance for youth, Col. Ouzts was recently recognized with the 2004 Friend of Reading Recovery Award by the Charleston County School District. He is also a recipient of the coveted South Carolina Literacy Award and currently serves as president of the Bibliotherapy and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association. As interim dean of The Citadel School of Education, he will continue to coordinate the Wachovia Reading Program.

The Wachovia Foundation is a private foundation funded annually by Wachovia Corporation.

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