History of the GRU Literacy Center
We provide children, adolescents, and adults from the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) with high quality literacy-related educational experiences that promote the development of life-long readers and learners.
We believe that literacy instruction must be accessible for all. We provide positive literacy tutorial experiences that support the development of individuals who not only know how to read but also want to read.
We develop literacy programs that are models for our area, region, and nation.
We have an eight member advisory board consisting of experienced educational leaders, certified teachers, competent tutors, and community representatives.
The GRU Literacy Center was formed in 1990 under the administration of Dr. Richard Wallace, the president of the Summerville campus at that time, and conceived of by Dr. Paulette Harris. Their vision was to create a center that would reach adults in the community who struggled with literacy. The center was located on Magnolia Drive and remains there today. Through working with these adults, it was discovered that their children often needed assistance with reading skills. Thus, this vision evolved to include working with children and youth as well as adults. In 2003, staff of the GRU Literacy collaborated with McDuffie County Board of Education to open a satellite literacy center. In 2005, the GRU Literacy Center collaborated with the 21st Century Community Learning Center of East Augusta Middle School to open a second satellite adult literacy center. Satellites have now been opened in a variety of other schools, churches, and community centers. In addition to Dr. Paulette Harris, who has served as the center's director for 21 years, our permanent staff is comprised of several retired and current educators.
Today, the Center provides both training and consultation services to a number of community organizations that are engaged in the promotion of literacy.
The center is unique from other literacy services in the area because of its highly experienced staff who have an unmatched level of expertise in literacy tutoring. Other grassroots programs provide similar services, but our program is different because of the exceptional staff who are certified teachers and provide the extensive training of our tutors. In fact, even our tutors are special: they are primarily GRU students who come not only from the College of Education, but from all disciplines, including the College of Business, and the College of Arts and Sciences.