The Augusta University Literacy Center was designated as a National Exemplary Model on Tuesday for its work on improving reading levels for local children and adults.
Dr. Mari Carbo, founder and executive director of the National Reading Styles Institute, presented the literacy center with the award via a live video projection. With the honor, nationwide instructors will visit the local facility to research how Augusta University techniques have garnered uncommon results.
“What a tremendous honor,” said Dr. Paulette Harris, director of the center. “We earned this status because of improved scores from (our students.) …Each day, our students are beating unbelievable odds and we’re so grateful for everyone’s hard work.”
The literacy center is largely funded through grants, while children and adults are provided free tutoring.
According to Harris, the center is helping improve reading levels of children as young as kindergarten to adults in their 70s. For all students, the goal is simple: improve literacy.
“We have such a strong team – such wonderful tutors,” Harris said. “By receiving national recognition, it proves that we’re truly helping people make progress.”
The award presentation was held at Forest Hills Golf Club.
Throughout the video conference, Carbo gave high praise to the literacy center, while often stating, “You almost never see this,” in terms of levels of improvement.
“It’s easy to say, ‘Oh, no, you can’t do this,’” Harris said. “But with 1-on-1 instruction, as well as individualized tutoring, we’re able to help people beat the odds.”
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