The Hood College Summer Reading Clinic has been awarded a $16,000 grant by the Delaplaine Foundation to fund learning materials and operations and tuition scholarships.

The clinic is an internship site for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Reading Specialization program and helps children with remedial reading skills who are reading at least one level below their current school grade level.

Master’s-level students serve as clinicians to gain experience teaching literacy skills.

The grant will fund tuition scholarships from three local institutions: the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County, the Waverley Elementary English Language Learners program and the Parkway Elementary English Language Learners program.

It will also pay for a translator who will help communicate between clinicians and the parents of English language learners.

“We are so appreciative to Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., for supporting the Reading Clinic,” clinic director Ellen Koitz said in a statement. “The grant makes it possible for many children, who might not otherwise be able to attend the clinic, to spend the summer improving their literacy skills and confidence as readers and writers.”

The Delaplaine Foundation is a private family foundation based in Frederick that seeks to enrich the communities and families of Maryland and nearby states. The foundation primarily supports programs that strengthen the arts and sciences, historical preservation, educational advancement, spiritual enlightenment and well-being.

It has supported Hood’s Summer Reading Clinic since 2012.

“We’ve witnessed first-hand the powerful difference that the Summer Reading Clinic makes in the reading level proficiencies and self-confidence of the students who attend,” Marlene Young, foundation president, said in a statement. “We are proud to partner with Hood College in this powerful program.”

In 2020, the clinic is expecting about 40 students to participate with 10 clinicians. The clinic is also hoping to partner with the Boys & Girls Club year-round to expand the reach of its work.

FCC partners with Shepherd University to help graphic design studentsFrederick Community College has partnered with Shepherd University in West Virginia to provide graphic design students a seamless transition between the two schools.

The agreement will allow FCC graduates to transfer all credits earned with a grade of C or better to Shepherd and will grant them junior year status at the university if they transfer 60 credits.

“At FCC, we prioritize creating as many academic and career opportunities as possible for our students,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said in a statement. “Shepherd University is a strong and innovative institution and we are thrilled to partner with them to provide this new pathway for our graphic design students.”

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