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Loras College receives U.S. Bank grant to fund Loras for Literacy

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, received a $7,136 grant from U.S. Bank 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 $20,236.

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 800 children, more than 200 teachers and 275 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 support this tremendous program in our schools,” said Mike Donohue, regional president for U.S. Bank. “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.”

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.

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