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LEWISTON – Niagara University’s College of Education recently unveiled the new Family Literacy Center on campus.

The center, which is housed in the university’s Academic Complex, offers an opportunity for graduate students to demonstrate teaching while enhancing the literacy performance of at-risk readers and their families. The center’s programs focus on improving reading, writing and listening skills among children while supporting the basic skills of the family itself.

The 3,000-square-foot center features Smart boards, iPads, a Smart table, laptop computers, literacy apps and online books. It also houses nearly 7,000 guided reading books for levels from pre-K to grade 12. Other student resources include big books, themed books, level books teacher guides, teacher games, spelling/phonics programs, literacy assessments and data collection software.

“The Family Literacy Center is a great asset, not only for our students here at Niagara, but also for the local community as well,” said Debra Colley, dean of Niagara’s College of Education. “Through our programs, we provide evaluation and remediation programs for local kindergarten through 12th grade students in a one-on-one setting. These programs provide students and their families with a plan for future educational support.”

The beginner program is available for students in kindergarten through second grade, and the intermediate program is geared for students in grades three through 12.

In addition to the diagnostic and remediation services, the center offers an Enrichment Book Club program. The book club allows children to engage in active learning and provides them opportunities to speak, interact and exchange points of view. The club is based on research showing that student motivation is a key factor in successful reading and that book clubs can be an excellent venue for building excitement and friendship over good books.

For more information on the literacy center and the programs available, contact Dr. Kathleen McGrath at 286-8309.

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