NEWS RELEASE: Pace University’s Center for Literacy Enrichment Marks 40th Anniversary

Long before commercial tutoring centers, Pace University’s Center for Literacy Enrichment in White Plains, NY offered affordable literacy instruction to students of all ages. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Center.

Center will celebrate with award dinner April 19; Scholastic CEO Richard Robinson to be keynote

WHITE PLAINS, NY, February 15, 2012 – Long before commercial tutoring centers, Pace University’s Center for Literacy Enrichment in White Plains, NY offered affordable literacy instruction to students of all ages. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Center with a director and founder— Sr. St. John Delany, Ph.D.—who is nearly 90.

Delany taught first grade in White Plains from 1941 to 1972 before founding the Center and becoming an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Pace University.  Former students include U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006) Billy Collins and Examiner Media’s Pat Casey.

“It has been my privilege to work with children and families over the years…to see them develop a love of reading.  We look at each child as an individual, plan for that student, and encourage that child to perform to his or her optimal level.”

The Center will recognize Delany’s legacy of literacy with an award dinner at the Women’s Club of White Plains, 305 Ridgeway, White Plains, NY 10605, 914-948-0958, www.womansclubofwhiteplains.org.  The dinner will take place on Thursday, April 19th from 6:00 – 9:00pm and will feature Scholastic Chairman, President and CEO Richard Robinson as keynote.  He will be honored for his vision and commitment to global literacy and the creation of Scholastic’s “Reading Bill of Rights.” Scholastic, known for its school book clubs, book fairs and Scholastic News, is also the company behind beloved brands that include Harry Potter®, Clifford the Big Red Dog ®, Goosebumps ® and I SPY®.  Robinson has been Chief Executive Officer​ of Scholastic since 1975.

Tickets are $125. The fundraising event will also feature a silent auction and harp music.  Proceeds will help the Center expand programs and reach more students. To reserve seats or purchase an ad in the Souvenir Journal, call the Center for Literacy Enrichment at (914) 422-4135.

About the Center for Literacy Enrichment

The Center for Literacy Enrichment, part of the School of Education at Pace, is housed on Pace University’s Law School campus in White Plains. The Center is staffed by trained literacy tutors, many of whom are enrolled in the Masters in Literacy Program at Pace.  The Center serves a broad range of students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.  Instruction to improve reading skills is provided in small groups or private sessions to K-12 students – both U.S. and foreign-born. The Center takes a skills-based approach with an emphasis on literature.

About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com.

About Pace University

For 105 years Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact:

Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

 

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