VALDOSTA — • Dear Blazer Buddy: This is a pen pal program that pairs community children with VSU athletes and students. It is designed to get the children involved in a reading and writing activity that is fun and motivating.
• Blazer Books Television Series: This is a developing program that gives all VSU faculty, staff, and students, as well as area public schools, organizations, and others the opportunity to read and/or recommend their favorite childhood book on camera. The third graders from Westside Elementary School filmed the first series on April 19, recommending books related to the summer Olympic sports they read about all semester.
VSU has had some sort of literacy outreach initiative since 1989.
According to the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, approximately 10 million children in the United States have difficulty reading. Of these children, 10 to 15 percent eventually drop out of high school and only two percent complete a four-year college degree.
Contact Dr. Gina Doepker at (229) 333-5625 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.