Profiles of HBCU Excellence: Savannah State Students Lead Youth Literacy Project
Today’s profile is of students from Savannah State University and their role in a local youth literacy initiative.
Several students from Savannah State University were profiled in today’s edition of the Savannah Morning News for volunteering to read and develop literacy activities with local first graders last semester.
Some of the those students continued a tradition of volunteering, such as Ta’Nisha Johnson, who started while still a fifth grader, working with younger students; Jessica Williams (who also worked at Thunderbolt Elementary) formerly engaged in events at her church and community.
Nearly every Wednesday afternoon, the students entered the classroom of Ms. Sarah Lucas, Ms. Susan Allen or Ms. Mary Ann Hogan and read an entire book, chapter by chapter, to the 1st graders. But the literacy activities consisted of more than reading: the SSU students learned the 1st graders’ names, taught them the meanings of “college words”—that is, the longer words like “frustration” or “baffled”—and drew pictures or added other information that made the reading enjoyable. (Savannah Morning News)[/mpoverlay]