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Graduate students from Missouri State University are tutoring fourth to ninth grade students this summer at the Springfield Community Center. The Missouri State students participating in the tutoring program for a class that helps them learn new teaching skills. KSMU's Jana Greer reports.
This is the first semester for the new program that teams up Missouri State students with the Springfield Community Center. It is a part of the Special Education graduate program at Missouri State that lets the students interact and teach children and teens. Dr. Tamara Arthaud is the instructor for the class and says that the program just fell into place.
Arthaud says the program offers lots of opportunities to the children and teens as well as to her students.
The tutors provide direct reading instruction along with reading and writing activities to build the student's skills. Elizabeth Washington is getting her master's in Special Education and is one of the tutors. She says the extra practice helps prepare the children and teens for the next school year.
This is the last week for the program, but will begin again during the fall semester. The Missouri State University College of Education is funding the program by giving 25 thousand dollars to purchase supplies and materials for the program.