WABI covers Reading Recovery event at Cole Land Transportation Museum
WABI (Channel 5) reported on an event hosted by the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development to recognize its longstanding partnership with the Galen Cole Family Foundation through the Reading Recovery program in schools throughout Maine. Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention for first-grade students who experience difficulty with reading and writing. Trained teachers work with students one-on-one to help them attain grade-level proficiency. For more than 20 years, the Cole Foundation has provided grants to Maine schools to allow teachers to receive training and professional development through the college’s University Training Center for Reading Recovery. In celebration of the program, students read a short story to Suzanne Cole at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, according to the report. “Children may come from being way behind the average in literacy learning, to being able to work with the average achievers in their class in a very small amount of time,” said Mary Rosser, director of the training center at UMaine. By the end of the year, it is expected the Cole family will have contributed $1 million to the program, the report states.