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Walters discusses Reading Corps at Rotary

Amy Walters is the local coordinator for the North Dakota Reading Corps program. She spoke about the program at the recent Rotary meeting. Walters had written a grant to help fund this program for Jamestown Public Schools. This helps pay a stipen...

Amy Walters is the local coordinator for the North Dakota Reading Corps program. She spoke about the program at the recent Rotary meeting.

Walters had written a grant to help fund this program for Jamestown Public Schools. This helps pay a stipend to tutors who then work with students in the classroom. The program is geared for pre-kindergarten and K-3 grades. Studies have shown that when students aren’t able to read by the fourth grade, these students then struggle throughout school, and many of them are part of the students who drop out of school, Walters said. She also said there is research that shows the majority of people in jail and prison are not able to read.
NDRC, a type of AmeriCorps program, is a national service program that engages people in service while providing a monthly living allowance and an education award that can be used for college tuition or student loan repayment, Walters said. A preschool tutor is placed in one classroom to serve all the children assigned to that room. Pre-K data showed 76 students ages 3-5 were served by four tutors in four sites. K-3 data showed 684 students served by 37 tutors in 33 buildings in six districts. Walters said 79 percent of the students completing participation demonstrated gains in literary skills and 85 percent of students completing participation demonstrated improved academic performance. When students can read there are fewer discipline issues in the classroom.
Katie Andersen welcomed the members and guests, Lyman Keim gave the table blessing, and Rick Pfeiffer led the group in singing also with some high-tech orchestration. K.C. DeBoer collected “Happy Dollars” for Rotary projects, like “Polio Plus.” Andersen thanked members for helping with lighting the trees on Mill Hill along with Dakota Central Telecommunications, which provided the use of its bucket truck that made the work go faster.
National Honor Society students Emily Ost and Kailey Albers spent their last day with Rotary and thanked Rotarians for welcoming them for the past four weeks. Dave Smette reminded members with year end coming soon about gift giving to the Rotary Foundation and also The Jameestown Regional Medical Center Oncology Department.
Eric Monson has today’s program, Curt Liechty has the invocation, Quincy Backen and Mark Reeves the music, and Nick Schmidt is the sergeant-at-arms. Joan Morris has the program on Dec. 8, Larry Motacek on Dec. 15, and Reeves will have a Christmas program on Dec. 22, to which spouses are also invited. Andersen reminded members that the club will be taking a cash collection for the kitchen staff at the Quality Inn & Suites will be Dec. 15.
Rotary meets every Tuesday at 12:10 p.m. at the Quality Inn & Suites. Everyone is welcome.

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