Sara B. McCraw Fund Announces Continued Partnership with ECU!
We are excited to announce that the Sara B. McCraw Memorial Reading Fund program will again be partnering with the ECU College of Education to support the “When Sara Smiles Literacy Connection Program”.
This is an intervention program that focuses on improving the reading skills of struggling K-2 readers to help them become more successful learners. The program is developed and conducted by ECU College of Education students, providing them with relevant professional experiences as they study to become teachers. In addition, it provides a learning experience to those future teachers that brings together the College of Education faculty & staff, K-2 classroom learning, and professional experience into one program.
During the program these university students will first work with K-2 students and their teachers and then share their experiences within the ECU Living – Learning Community of more than 30 future educators. Of course this will benefit the K-2 students but it will also allow the ECU program to have an impact on a greater number of education students beyond those that are directly involved in the program.
We (WSS) are pleased that we can support ECU and the students in the College of Education by funding this project. We look forward to not only great results from the project but more opportunities to assist the ECU College of Education better prepare their students for their future as classroom teachers. Since the beginning of the Sara B. McCraw Memorial Reading Fund we have all hoped that we could be involved with such a program and are excited that the ECU College of Education has asked us to help.
The Sara B. McCraw Memorial Reading Fund not only supports the When Sara Smiles Literacy Connection Program at ECU but also supports these other programs on an annual basis:
- The Emergency Assistance Program at ECU that assists students with financial emergencies during their practice teaching semester. The goal of this program is to ensure that students can complete their practice teaching assignment (a full year) in the event of a financial emergency.
- The Professional Development program in the College of Education at the University of Delaware that assists graduate students by providing grants to help defray the costs of participating in professional development seminars. Sara felt strongly about the value of graduate student participation in professional development. From the University: "Your gift enables the department to support our students as they explore critical areas of research."
- Travel grants for three participants in the annual Literacy Research Association conference that help defray the costs of presenting their research at the LRA conference. Sara was active in the LRA conference for many years, first as a participant and then as a presenter. She had great respect for the quality of the conference and its value to the field of reading development.
Please consider helping us expand the Literacy Connection program at ECU (and perhaps beyond to other Colleges of Education that Sara was involved with) and the other programs we support by donating to our fund. We thank you for your support in the past and are looking forward to your support in the future.
Donations can be mailed to:
Greater Greenville Community Foundation
PO Box 20154
Greenville, NC 27858
Please make checks payable to "The Sara B. McCraw Memorial Reading Fund – GGCF”