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Western Illinois University Department of Curriculum and Instruction Professor H. Jon Jones (left), who also serves as the director of the Western Illinois University Reading Center, reviews plans for the upcoming 2013-14 America Reads Program with WIU graduate assistants (L to R) Garret Garceau (psychology) of Grants Pass, OR, and Sean Kesselring (psychology) of Yorkville, IL.

WIU Reading Center Facilitates America Reads Program

June 7, 2013


MACOMB, IL – In this photo (see right), Western Illinois University Department of Curriculum and Instruction Professor H. Jon Jones (left), who also serves as the director of the Western Illinois University Reading Center, reviews plans for the upcoming 2013-14 America Reads Program with WIU graduate assistants (L to R) Garret Garceau (psychology) of Grants Pass, OR, and Sean Kesselring (psychology) of Yorkville, IL.

In conjunction with the America Reads Program, personnel at the Reading Center—which operates through Western's College of Education and Human Services—recruits and supervises WIU undergraduate students who have provided reading tutoring in Macomb public and private elementary schools for the past 12 years.

According to the WIU Reading Center website, the goal of the America Reads program is for each child in America to be able to read independently by the third grade.

"The University has a team of coordinators and tutors who assist Macomb students from pre-K through sixth grade in improving their reading skills," the site states.

Learn more about the WIU Reading Center at www.wiu.edu/coehs/curriculum_and_instruction/rdgcenter.php

For more information, contact Jones at (309) 298-1750 or via email at HJ-Jones1@wiu.edu.

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