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Walmart Associates, Please Join The Citadel to Support SC Community Literacy!

WalmartThis year, The Citadel Foundation is proud to participate in Walmart's Associate Choice Program for the State of South Carolina

Walmart and Sam's Club Associates throughout South Carolina have started casting their vote for one of the five statewide nonprofits selected for this year's competition.  We are honored that The Citadel's summer literacy program for Lowcountry elementary school students has been recognized as one of the five finalists this year.

If selected by Walmart Associates, your grant will support The Citadel’s Summer Reading program conducted through The Citadel’s School of Education. A free outreach service to the Charleston community, the program is designed to provide remedial reading assistance to elementary school students who lag behind their peers by two or more years.

Walmart’s participation will enable The Citadel School of Education to continue this program, conducted by graduate students pursuing the Masters of Education degree in Reading or School Psychology, as well as those seeking their South Carolina state teaching certification. Graduate students work one-on-one with community children requiring assistance.

After two initial weeks of intensive instruction and training, the degree-seeking students offer individualized counseling and generate, as the basis of their coursework, a case study detailing the youth’s reading difficulties, diagnosis and progress over the course of the program. The profile of the tutored student is then made available to the youth’s family and teacher for the next academic year.

The Citadel Summer Reading Program affords many children and their families an opportunity to develop and acquire the most vital function in our world – the ability to read well and to see the value of reading in one’s life.

Children in this program learn that their reading and learning skills are not beyond improvement, that their individual academic success is valued, and that many educators in the system are, in fact, deeply committed to their intellectual development.

Click here to view the press release announcing the original grant.