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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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Marshall Field’s Renews Grant
For Tutor/Mentoring Program
MAILED: Aug. 1, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — The Dayton’s store in Eau Claire may now be known as Marshall Field’s, but the company that owns it has not changed its policy of community giving and involvement.
         For the past six years the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Human Development Center has received grant money from the Dayton’s Community Giving Program for the funding of a tutor/mentoring program designed to serve at-risk and disadvantaged students in the Eau Claire Public Schools. Marshall Field’s renewed the $3,000 grant again this year.
         These funds, matched by funds from the UW-Eau Claire HDC, will be used to continue tutoring and mentorship programs established at Lincoln and Lakeshore elementary schools throughout the upcoming academic year.
         This year eighteen university students will serve as tutors and mentors to approximately 60 students in first through third grades at each of the two schools. According to William Frankenberger, Human Development Center director and grant coordinator, the tutors are all students who are involved with the HDC as psychology, education, special education, communication disorders and nursing or social work majors.
         Throughout the school year, the tutors go to the elementary schools twice a week and work with the children for an hour after school. The sessions, which begin with a snack and time to just visit, provide the elementary school students with training in academic and social skills. The students also take part in activities that are planned by the tutors and the elementary school teachers.
         Frankenberger said that Lakeshore and Lincoln schools were chosen as sites for the program not only because they are close to the University, but also because they serve large populations of low-income students and both have fairly high minority student populations as well.
         Frankenberger and Lakeshore principal Mary Seitz, hoping to create a collaboration between the university and the public schools that would be mutually beneficial, developed the program in 1995.
         They appear to have achieved their goal. Frankenberger said that teachers have reported gains in academic achievement for students involved in the program, along with increased confidence, responsibility and motivation.
         In a letter of support, Seitz said of the program at Lakeshore, “The tutoring program has become firmly embedded in our structure. It is a program which is highly regarded by our staff, the children and the parents of our students.”
         And Frankenberger believes that the tutor/mentors have also gained valuable experiences working with the children. “Some have even been inspired to change career paths as a result.”

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Updated: Aug. 1, 2001