C-SC professor, student coordinate summer reading program
Monday, August 08, 2011
CANTON, Mo. -- Culver-Stockton College Professor of Music Dr. Carol Mathieson is collaborating with the Canton Summer Arts Council and the Canton Library to provide an enriching literacy opportunity for area students in grades 4-8. Each week, the summer reading program, entitled “One World – Many Stories,” features a new book about a different culture. The program, which ran the duration of July, combines theatrical interpretations of a text, replication of artifacts of the culture, and a 10 minute performance. Dr. Mathieson, along with Lorien McCrary, Traci Mosby and Jordan Smith, C-SC senior English education major, led the weekly sessions. Countries studied include Africa, China, Australia and Mexico. Each week, students experienced a unique interaction with the text—whether by creating a shadow puppet show, simulating a radio broadcast or learning an authentic Mexican dance. As a finale for the summer reading program, Lewis Street Playhouse hosted a free movie for all participants.
Programs such as these are extremely important in building a strong foundation of literacy in youth, especially during the summer. Members of C-SC faculty, staff and students look forward to working with the Summer Arts Council and Canton Library again in the future to continue building strong bonds between the community and the campus.
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