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TAYLOR: Reading Corps receives statewide award

March 26, 2013

The Michigan Reading Association (MRA) honored the Taylor Reading Corps (TRC) with its statewide agency award during the MRA's winter conference and convention in Grand Rapids earlier this month. Now in its second year, the TRC has sought to aid Taylor School District pupils at the preschool and lower-elementary school level. It started recruiting, training and supervising adult reading volunteers last year, beginning on the kindergarten level. Through a partnership with Wayne State University, which analyzes data from the TRC program each year, last year's results indicated that pupils involved in the corps' mentoring program "closed the gap" on their more academically ready peers in the school system. Kate Roberts, assistant professor of Reading, Language and Literature at Wayne State, is scheduled to analyze the TRC data each year to add objective, third-party creditability to the program's results.