Sitting Bull Encourages Young Readers

May 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 9-4: Pre- K-12 Education, Tribal College News

Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, N.D.) has started a reading program for first grade students on the Standing Rock Reservation. In response to the America Reads Challenge proposed by President Clinton, the Elementary Education Department at SBC has created the Making Reading Meaningful and Memorable (M&M)Club.

Activities run three days per week after school and are limited to 21 members. Program promoters hope the students will stay involved until the third grade. Each student must maintain on-task behavior and maintain good attendance at the M&M Club activities.

Although the program focuses on the Fort Yates elementary schools, first graders from any school may participate. Ellen Murphy, Elementary/Special Education instructor at SBC, says that the program is fun for children and their parents. “We really encourage parents to be involved in this program,” she says. Parents must actively participate in a minimum of three Thursdays during the semester with their child, but Murphy hopes they will join them more often: “This parental participation provides the opportunity for parents to learn how to help their child enjoy reading!”

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