Carver Cubs Reading Clinic Sparks Joy & Inspiration

July 17, 2023

BATON ROUGE, LA - Forged from an eleven-year partnership between Carver Library and LSU literacy faculty, the Carver Cubs Summer Reading Clinic is held every weekday for four weeks each June. In keeping with a clinical model, the graduate literacy education students provide specific, individualized reading and writing instruction based on diagnostic literacy assessment data to neighborhood children entering grades 1-7. The reciprocal goals of the partnership are (1) providing free reading and writing instruction and enrichment to the young patrons of the neighborhood library during the summer, and (2) creating opportunities for graduate students to refine their skills associated with literacy instruction and gain experience working with diverse student populations. Dr. Kim Skinner and Dr. Laura Piestrynski are thankful for the wonderful partnership between EBR Parish Library System, University Presbyterian Church, and the LSU Lutrill & Pearl Payne School of Education.

On the last day of reading camp, the children were surprised with books and school supplies that were purchased with a 20% discount from Barnes and Noble with funds from the University Presbyterian Church Mission and Peacemaking Committee. The children also enjoyed snacks and a pizza party provided by the EBR Parish Library System. Dr. Skinner said, “Words cannot fully capture the joy-filled rooms at Carver Branch Library that afternoon when the Carver Cubs Reading Camp children received numerous children's books on topics that they had self-selected. We had never seen them that excited; it felt like Christmas morning. Parents and siblings also attended the pizza party celebration. Such a consequential and long-standing partnership!”

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About Lutrill and Pearl Payne LSU School of Education (SOE)

A school of the College of Human Sciences & Education, the SOE offers undergraduate programs for students who want to pursue a career as a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teacher or acquire dual certification in both traditional elementary and special education classrooms. Besides providing graduate certification in Instructional Coaching, educational technology, and urban & community education, the SOE offers a writing pedagogy minor, and a master’s degree in arts, arts in teaching, education (MEd), education in counseling (MEd), certificate of education specialist (EdS) and PhD. The School’s mission is to prepare educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. Visit the LSU Lutrill and Pearl Payne School of Education.

About LSU College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE)

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education.