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Literacy: Free reading clinic is underway

Published on Jun 3, 2015 by Paul K. Logsdon


Amy (Kolenich) Bolinger, a first grade teacher at Watkins Elementary, works with Bennett Moore, 10, during Evangel’s free reading clinic. Bolinger graduated from Evangel in 2013 with an early childhood/elementary education degree, and is now working on a Masters of Education in Literacy. Moore is the son of Evangel music professor Matt Moore. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Evangel University is hosting a free reading clinic this month, providing one-on-one literacy support for K-12 students who signed up earlier this spring. Each student will receive a total of sixteen 60-minute reading sessions.

The clinic runs June 1-25, Monday through Thursday mornings. The tutors are local teachers who are enrolled in the Master of Education in Literacy program at Evangel University.

“We have 14 graduate students working one-on-one during two sessions each morning, serving a total of 28 local students,” said Dr. Becky Huechteman, professor of Education.

“Our master’s students are working toward state certification as reading specialists,” said Huechteman.

According to Dr. Shonna Crawford, assistant professor of education, “This is proving to be a benefit to students and families in our community, as well as a wonderful experience for our grad students.”

The clinic will be repeated next summer.

The free sessions are available to elementary, middle and high school students, whether they are in public school, private school, or home school.

Families interested in next summer’s clinic should contact the Evangel University Education Department via email at, or call (417) 865-2815, ext. 8548.



SIDEBAR: There are two 60-minute sessions each morning — 8:45-9:45 a.m., and 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. — after which the graduate students meet with Evangel professors to debrief and prepare for the next day.