St. Bonaventure University

2022 Summer Reading Program
For students in grades 5-12

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The Reading Center


The School of Education at St. Bonaventure University offers a collaborative clinic that is home to the Reading Center, which is described below.

The collaborative clinic serves the literacy needs of children in the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. 


St. Bonaventure Reading Center

The Reading Center is a renowned component of our MSED B-12 Literacy program.  Students in pre-K through 12th grades are granted the opportunity to strengthen their reading skills through programs conducted by graduate level literacy teachers.

The focus of these efforts is assessment and instruction in reading.


For students with exceptionalities

Information about these additional services that are available to local students with exceptionalities through our graduate programs:
  • Individual Assistive Technology Evaluation Program (conducted through DIFF 515 for local P-12 students; provides recommendations for individual assistive technology devices and services);
  • Individual Educational Evaluation Program (conducted through DIFF 503 for local P-12 students who may be gifted; provides individual instructional levels and recommendations for differentiated instruction)

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2022 Fall in Love With Reading program


A summer program for children in grades 5-12 aimed at improving children's reading skills and making reading fun

The St. Bonaventure University Reading Center is once again partnering with Archbishop Walsh Academy/Southern Tier Catholic School of Olean to conduct its Fall In Love With Reading summer reading program.

The seven-week program runs from July 11 to Aug. 17. Participants attend two 90-minute sessions each week (Mondays and Wednesdays) at Archbishop Walsh Academy/Southern Tier Catholic, located on West State Street in Olean. There, they will be supervised while meeting virtually with program instructors, all of them students pursuing master’s degrees in literacy at SBU. 

Students will be supervised onsite by Sheri Voss, assistant professor of literacy at St. Bonaventure and director of the graduate B-12 literacy program, and by Sabrina Irving, supervisor of the SBU Reading Center and a reading specialist at Hinsdale Central School.

Participating students may choose one of two Monday/Wednesday time slots: 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. While individual instruction occurs virtually, a limited number of in-person, face-to-face slots may be available.

Space in the program is limited and parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible using our online registration form. The registration deadline is June 1. The cost is $25 per child.

Each child in the program receives:
  • one-to-one or small-group virtual instruction
  • a diagnostic reading evaluation
  • use of an iPad on which to meet virtually with their instructor while at Archbishop Walsh
  • an educational plan
  • a program T-shirt
  • snacks and a drink at each session
  • a certificate of completion
“This will be an energized, supervised environment that will propel reading literacy using digital technology and hands-on interactive reading games around high-interest texts,” said Voss. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for children to get individualized attention, discover reading skills and to build upon those strengths to experience the joy of reading.”

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