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Delaplaine Foundation gift supports Hood's summer reading clinic

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College was recently awarded a gift from The Delaplaine Foundation to support the college’s Summer Reading Clinic.

Marlene Young, president of the Delaplaine Foundation, presented the donation to Hood President Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D.; Ellen Koitz, Ed.D., Giles Associate Professor of Education, co-chair of the department of education and director of the graduate reading specialization program; and Nancy Gillece, vice president, institutional advancement.

This is the second year The Delaplaine Foundation has supported the reading clinic.

The grant was used to purchase more current tools for the clinicians, including hardware, software, hands-on materials and textbooks. The grant also provides scholarships for children in kindergarten through grade 12 who might otherwise not be able to enroll in the clinic.

Local school administrators and reading specialists have noted that students who attend this program make significant gains in their reading ability. Clinicians find the experience an essential part of their training to become reading specialists.

For more than 30 years the reading clinic has been an integral part of the master of science in reading specialization degree program. Annually, 12 to 20 master’s degree candidates participate in this program, which reinforces their understanding of concepts taught in class and provides them with the techniques required to address the reading needs of students in all grades.