Fredonia State Students Tutor Primary Children
SUNY Fredonia students provide valuable tutoring in reading for School #3's primary students. Under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Magiera, Fredonia students from EDU 250, pair up to tutor Kindergarten, first and second graders in reading.
Everyone benefits as children get individualized help and SUNY students gain practical experience in a school setting.
The program takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:15. Each semester between 20 and 30 School #3 students are able to participate. SUNY students are prepared by Dr. Magiera to plan lessons appropriate to the needs of the students. Classroom teachers provide the Fredonia State students with some reading background about the students so that instruction is appropriate.
Linda Prechtl, liason for the program, also helps prepare students by visiting their college class to present strategies for instruction.
The cooperation between the college and School #3 has been in existence for 20 years. The program was originally started through the efforts of SUNY professors Dr. Larry Maheady and Dr. Barbara Mallette. Over the years the program has been adjusted and improved to provide the best experience possible for both sets of students. Everyone consistently leaves each one-hour experience with smiles that express the confidence they have gained.