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August 6th, 2014

Newburgh Students Reap The Benefits of Reading Support

Mount Saint Mary graduate students and their student partners participating in activities.

NEWBURGH – Several Newburgh grade school students finished a five-week literacy program at Newburgh Armory Unity Center (NAUC) on Thursday morning, as parents and students met with Mount Saint Mary College graduate students in literacy for a summary of each child’s reading progress and recommendations.

The young students demonstrated their writing and reading skills in brief presentations: Some read their own writing, some read from their favorite books, but all were reading like champions

NAUC Board Chairman William Kaplan was delighted with the young program’s outcome and the students’ accomplishments. "This is a wonderful example of knitting together talents and skills in the city and community to create solutions."

Sen. William Larkin attended to congratulate all involved with the program, as did Lizette Hernandez, constituent advocate from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s office.

The Literacy Education Advocacy Program, or LEAP, is a partnership between Mount Saint Mary College, SUNY New Paltz, the Newburgh School District, and NAUC to evaluate reading levels of Newburgh school students, and provide individual and small group instruction to improve reading. Mount graduate students worked one-on-one with children in first to fourth grades.

The partnership will continue in the fall with a 10-week program for elementary school students. For more information on literacy and other programs at the Newburgh Armory, visit

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