Mike Brown and his wife, Nancy, have literally helped build a new university with their generosity.
The University of La Verne’s Literacy Center get-together allows students and their parents to say thanks to donors in person.
The University of La Verne’s “Family Literacy Night” in October gave children and their families the chance to join the university in thanking generous donors for their nearly $120,000 in contributions to the center and support of its successful programs.
University President Devorah Lieberman attended and made welcoming remarks. Special thanks were extended to The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Verizon and Wells Fargo, as their monetary donations have helped provide the Literacy Center’s students and tutors with a wealth of educational materials. With the funding, the Literacy Center invested in new writing program, new laptops and additional reading and writing materials, as well as supplies for the children and their parents.
According to the California Department of Education, nearly half of Los Angeles County students, grade 2 through 11, are not reading and writing at or above proficient grade level. For that reason, La Verne established its Literacy Center to help provide local K-12 students with free or low-cost tutoring to help them to build important reading and writing skills.
The Center is tutored by La Verne graduate students, who are working toward earning their Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credentials. The Center’s work has indeed reaped amazing results. In fact, after 10 weeks of free tutoring at the Literacy Center, a child’s reading potential has shown an increase – on average – of one grade level. The Literacy Center, established in 2001, has served thousands of local students and their families.
For more information on the La Verne Literacy Center, please visit http://laverne.edu/education/literacy-center/.
– Alisha Rosas