DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, received a $3,981 grant from U.S. Bank Foundation to help fund the Loras for Literacy program. This is the third year of funding from U.S. Bank for the program based at Lincoln Elementary School, Dubuque, with support now totaling $24,217.
Loras for Literacy was established in 2005 by the teacher education program to help at-risk children gain reading skills needed to become successful students and, down the road, contributing members of society. Under the direction of David Salyer, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Loras College, the program has consistently demonstrated measurable positive outcomes and impacted nearly 1,000 children, more than 300 teachers and 350 Loras education majors.
In the past, support from the U.S. Bank grant has been used to purchase iPads, apps, an Apple TV, adapter, cases, and charging stations. The Loras for Literacy program supports a number of initiatives, including tutoring and reading resource rooms, after-school reading clinics at Fulton Elementary School, Dubuque, as well as the literacy project at Lincoln Elementary.
“U.S. Bank is proud to continue its support of this tremendous program in our schools,” Mike Donohue, regional president for U.S. Bank, said. “By advancing literacy, including technological literacy, U.S. Bank and Loras are bolstering future educational attainment and self-sufficiency among families by preparing young people with the necessary skills to succeed.”
Current funding will be used to increase the iPad-to-student ratio in all three kindergarten classrooms at Lincoln, as well as increase memory on current iPads. Additional storage will allow teachers to expand use of the iPads to include students creating work, such as digital journals to share with their families and other students.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.