The mission of the Sara B. McCraw Memorial Reading Fund is to implement innovative instructional tutorials for teacher candidates to use while working with diverse and underserved elementary school students to develop their reading and writing skills.

Dr. Sara B. McCraw was an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University. Before that, she earned a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University, a B.S in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, a Reading Specialist Certification (M.Ed.) from the University of Delaware, an M.A. in Education from the University of Delaware, and, finally, a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Delaware.

She had just begun her career at ECU in 2011 and was well on her way to building a national reputation in the field of writing research when she lost her battle with cancer in 2012. The Fund will continue Sara’s work, using the methodologies that she helped develop, in programs that place teacher candidates from college education programs out into the local school systems. Ideally many more educators who have worked with Sara along the way will join in to forward her legacy.

The Sara B. McCraw Memorial Reading Fund also supports students at East Carolina University and the University of Delaware through grants made to programs at each school. In addition to those school based grants the Fund also provides grants to selected participants in the annual Literacy Research Association conference.

To donate, please go to: www.whensarasmiles.com and click on the “Donate” button. We are part of the Community Foundation of North Carolina East and as such all donations to our fund are tax deductible. www.cfnceast.org