St. Francis students help kids improve reading skills

USF students read with second graders at Forest Park Elementary.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Students from the University of Saint Francis are teaming up with kids at Forest Park Elementary to ultimately improve the workforce in northeast Indiana. It’s part of The Big Goal Collaborative, which is an initiative aimed at increasing the number of people with high-quality degrees or credentials by 60% by 2025.

The ten USF students, under the supervision of their instructor and the classroom teacher, develop instructional plans and work with children who need additional support. The USF students meet with 80 second graders for 90 minutes a week in small groups and in one-on-one sessions to improve reading skills and prepare the students for success in the third grade.

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Experts say most students who aren’t reading at grade level by the third grade, are less likely to graduate from high school.

The Big Goal Collaborative was established in 2012 and is comprised of regional educators, community partners, businesses, civic leaders and others from throughout Northeast Indiana.


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