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BSC Students Present “Parent Literacy Night” at Whitethorn Primary School (w/photo)

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    Tuesday, February 22 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103


(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College School of Education students organized and presented a “Parent Literacy Night” at Whitethorn Primary School, February 7.  In four-to-five student teams, the 24 BSC teacher candidates demonstrated literacy activities for children and their parents to use at home.  The activities focused on methods to increase reading comprehension and fluency.

Greg Furrow, Whitethorn principal and Dawn Staten, Title I Coordinator for Mercer County Schools, were impressed with the quality of the BSC students’ presentations.  “It is wonderful for the teacher candidates to collaborate with parents and students,” Mrs. Staten observed.  “They were enthusiastic, involved and engaged in the learning process.”

“BSC students were equally enthusiastic,” added Dr. Betsy Steenken, Bluefield State College Teacher Education program director.  “It’s always beneficial for the students to gain real classroom experience so that they will be better prepared for their student teaching assignments and later, when they have their own classrooms.”