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University-YMCA family literacy parthership succeeds at Sheridan Elementary School

Literacy education faculty, students, and preservice teachers from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction partnered with the YMCA to promote family literacy at Sheridan Elementary School on April 14. The goal of the partnership was to create a family literacy event to benefit Minneapolis students of various ages and skill levels, educate students and their families about the importance of literacy, and provide Minneapolis families with tips and activities that they can use at home to work towards these goals.

Specifically, literacy instructors and preservice teachers enrolled in a course on foundations of literacy partnered with YMCA staff to plan and carry out the family literacy event. Independent, practice level activities engaged children and modeled for parents easy activities to do at home that do not require a lot of materials. In addition, members of Voices Merging, a multicultural student group at the University of Minnesota, demonstrated that literacy is also about self-expression.

Madey Heins Israelson, a literacy PhD student and event leader, and Deborah Dillon, literacy professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, represented the University in coordinating the fun and successful event.

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