November 29, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Colin Noonan of Montgomery, N.Y., a Mount Saint Mary
College graduate education student (center) hosts the “Reading
Under the Stars” ghost story workshop during Family Literacy Night
at Bishop Dunn Memorial School.
The young students of Bishop Dunn Memorial School embraced the
power of the written word recently at Family Literacy Night, hosted
by Mount Saint Mary College teacher candidates.
About a dozen Mount graduate education students presented a
variety of interactive literacy stations, from creating a family
writing journal to “Reading Under the Stars” – a ghost story
workshop complete with tent, simulated camp fire, and real
“The big emphasis for this program is engaging both the students
and the parents in literacy,” said Mario Mercado of Poughkeepsie,
N.Y., a Mount graduate education student. “We want to send them
home with something tangible that they worked on together. And
hopefully, they’ll want to spend more time on literacy at home,
In addition, 15 Mount undergraduate students from a tutoring
skills course at the college presented strategies to help the
Bishop Dunn students become better writers.
Mount professors Sonya Abbye Taylor and Marie-Therese Sulit
spearheaded the event. They thanked Ronald DePace, Bishop Dunn
principal; Nancy Benfer ’04, assistant principal; and Daniel Shea,
professor of English and chair of Arts and Letters, for their aid
in making the event a success.