The Stewart Center took another step towards our emphasis on educational support on Monday, February 7th when students in Mercer University’s Master of Education program conducted reading assessments with each of the Center’s children.

Nine Mercer Students along with Dr. Emilie Paille conducted assessments lasting approximately thirty minutes for each child and covering a variety of elements related to reading ability. After spending some class time evaluating the assessments the Mercer students, under Dr. Paille’s guidance, will produce a reading profile for each child enrolled in the after school program. These profiles will be given to our staff and used to tailor a tutoring curriculum for each student. At the end of the semester the Mercer students will return and conduct an exit assessment. The format of our assessment process allows us to better address the learning needs of our students and more accurately gage the successfulness of our efforts.

The Mercer reading assessment is a part of our larger efforts to provide the highest quality academic support during the after school hours. We also receive ten to twelve Mercer students each semester that serve as tutors in our after school program. These Mercer students bring with them enthusiasm and knowledge about educational methods uncommon to most after school programs.

As the Stewart Center continues to grow its ministry impact our Mercer partnership promises to be the cornerstone of our services with the children of Reynoldstown and the surrounding community. If you are interested in partnering with the Stewart Center please contact us to find out how your talents might be used to enhance the lives of children in southeast Atlanta.

Know that you are always welcome at the Stewart Center and remember that the Center is a place where you can Serve, Give, Connect and Create ministry.

Clayton Davis