Loras College received a $5,000 grant from U.S. Bank Foundation to fund the Loras for Literacy program. The generous donation will be used to purchase mobile devices and applications for Lincoln Elementary teachers to help kindergartners gain early literacy skills. This is the second grant the College has received from the Foundation toward the Loras for Literary program.
Established in 2005 by the Loras College Teacher Education Program, Loras for Literacy supports and educates beginning readers, and provides professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers in research-based literacy pedagogy. The program supports a number of initiatives, including, tutoring and reading resource rooms, after-school reading clinics at Fulton Elementary, as well as the project at Lincoln.
“U.S. Bank is proud to support this tremendous program in our schools. Early childhood reading proficiency is the key to all learning and through this support, we are very excited about the great first steps being taken by these young children with the assist from our friends at Loras College,” said Mike Donohue, Regional President for U.S. Bank.
Since its inception, the Loras for Literacy program has positively impacted nearly 700 elementary students, 200 local teachers and 260 Loras College education majors. The Loras for Literacy program has a demonstrated track record of achievement, with pre-and-post-participation assessments consistently showing measurable growth in foundational skills, text level, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.