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Old 09-22-2009, 10:19 AM  
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LINCOLN -- A gift from a Minnesota couple will help take a five-year-old reading clinic at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the next level.

The UNL clinic -- which began operating in 2004 to help youngsters who struggle with reading -- has been named the Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center in honor of the donors, who gave $1 million to create an endowment to help support the program.

Catherine "Kit" Schmoker, a graduate of the former Teachers College at UNL, is a member of a Lincoln banking family that owned the former National Bank of Commerce.

She and her husband, Dick, a retired attorney, live in Edina, Minn.

They were in Lincoln Thursday to attend the dedication of the newly named center.

UNL officials say the facility is unique in the region. Its primary purpose is to teach teachers how to work with struggling readers. It also works directly with youngsters who have reading difficulties, providing tutoring services to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, mostly from the Lincoln area.

"The Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center is making a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of children and student teachers," said Marjorie Kostelnik, dean of the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences, which was formed in 2003 when the Teachers College and the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences were merged.

"Children will have many more successful school days as a result of their time in the center, and our college students will develop many more skills to help Nebraska's children become proficient readers."

Since the clinic began operating in 2004, UNL education majors have tutored about 500 students. Most are from Lincoln and Lancaster County, because longer distances make it difficult to attend the twice-a-week tutoring sessions, said co-director Guy Trainen. Students from farther away sometimes participate in tutoring sessions during the summer months.

The center hopes to increase that number to about 600 during the next five years. About 120 UNL undergraduate and graduate students are expected to study at the center during the next five years.

Housed in the Home Economics Building on UNL's East Campus, the reading center will occupy one room equipped with tutoring cubicles, office space and library and computer facilities.

The primary benefit of the Schmokers' gift will be establishing stable funding for the reading center, which has been financially supported by three different departments of the College of Education and Human Sciences. Struggling readers pay tuition for their tutoring services, and grants and donations have supported the center's library.

Trainen said the Schmokers' gift will be used to maintain current services, in the hope that the program can be expanded in coming years.

Kit Schmoker said she is convinced that the reading center will give struggling students the skills they need to succeed in life.

She quoted from the Dr. Seuss book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

"Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. Ninety-eight-and-three-quarters percent guaranteed."
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:23 AM   #2
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