Local Elementary Receives Recognition from University

Category:  News
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 11:10 PM

A local elementary school was recently presented with a certificate of appreciation from the university.

Dr. Alan Biel, the dean of Edinboro University’s school of education, presented Cambridge Springs Elementary School Principal Jennifer Stevens with the certification in recognition of the partnership the two facilities share.

“The mission of the School of Education includes developing the best possible teachers and supporting our PreK-12 partners in educating the children of our region,” said Biel.

"Encouraging our students to engage in partnership activities with local schools is an ideal way to fulfill both goals.”

Over several semesters, EU and CSES have worked together to utilize various learning experiences for the students such as the Pen Pal Project, Literacy Lab and Summer Reading Clinic.

“These activities require a great deal of extra effort and dedication on the part of the PreK-12 faculty, as well as EU faculty and students,” added Biel.

The Pen Pal Project pairs Edinboro education majors with first grade students who write back and forth to each other for some time. Then, students come to Edinboro’s campus to meet their pen pals.

The Literacy Lab allows EU education majors the opportunity to work with elementary teachers to provide literacy instruction two days a week, three hours a day, for elementary students who need additional help.

The Summer Reading Clinic is hosted by EU graduate students here on campus during the summer. The clinic provides local students with reading assessments and instruction with assistance from EU professors.

Additionally, this past spring, students from the EU Health and Physical Education Department held a Wellness Day at Cambridge Springs Junior Senior High School. The students taught middle school students the benefits of physical fitness, exercise and proper diet.

Another Wellness Day is in the works for this spring as well.

“I am immensely proud of our students and faculty and greatly appreciative of the cooperative attitude and support we receive from the faculty and principals of our partner schools,” said Biel.

“The certificates of appreciation are a small token of our gratitude for their tremendous work on these partnership activities.”

“By engaging with community partners like Cambridge Springs, the School of Education is accomplishing its mission, one student at a time.”

Karlee Dies is the Managing Editor of News for The Spectator.

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