Augusta, Ga. (Dec. 14, 2016) – The Literacy Center at Augusta University has been named a National Exemplary Model by the National Reading Styles Institute, one of the nation’s leading research-based educational organizations dedicated to improving literacy. This is the first time the NRSI has awarded a literacy center.
“We are working hard to do everything in our power to ensure children and adults do not fall behind in their reading skills, and we are honored to have our efforts recognized by the NRSI," said Paulette Harris, founder and director of the Literacy Center. “With the help of our volunteers, most of whom are certified teachers, we are privileged to work on everything from born-to-read to lifelong literacy.”
The NRSI recognized the center for its community service, evidence in improving student academic achievement and providing high-quality tutorial programs such as the center’s six-week Tennis and Tutoring program that studies the link between physical activity and a child’s reading skills.
As part of the award, the center will be featured on the NRSI website and serve as a consultant to other schools and reading centers across the country. Harris will also co-author an article with NRSI founder Marie Carbo highlighting the center’s accomplishments.
Augusta University’s Literacy Center offers free year-round individual tutoring to children and adults throughout the area from certified teachers and university students. It also provides training and consultation services to community organizations, and has partnered with the Augusta-Richmond County Library and Paine College to open two satellite centers to combat illiteracy in the CSRA.