DATE:  February 12, 2007       
CONTACT: Steve Paschal 361.825.2336; or Marshall Collins 361.825.2427
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Graduate Student to Receive $15,000 Verizon Reads Grant to Fund Literacy Program

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WHO: Grant Recipient Patricia Durham, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President/CEO Flavius Killebrew; and Verizon Foundation Representatives Barry Johnson and Bill Mills
WHAT: Presentation of $15,000 VerizonReads Grant Check
WHEN:   Wednesday, February 14 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Corpus Christi Hall Lobby followed by a Reception in Room 271

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Patricia Durham, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s Department and Curriculum and Instruction, will receive a $15,000 grant check from the VerizonReads Foundation Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. in the lobby of Corpus Christi Hall. A reception will follow in Room 271.

The grant will fund R.O.A.D. (Read One a Day) literacy outreach program to promote reading comprehension and increase motivation for middle school students. The program will run from March through May and is renewable for up to three years.

As part of the R.O.A.D. program, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi undergraduate students will work with approximately 200 fifth graders in the Ingleside Independent School District. During their visits, the University students will hold literacy sessions, book talks, and a reading symposium. Each participating fifth grader will receive seven books, bookmarks and a T-shirt. Following completion of the program, students will be honored at a banquet and graduation ceremony at A&M-Corpus Christi.

Literacy is one of the Verizon Foundation’s major funding priorities,” said Steve Banta, Verizon Southwest Region president. “This program is a wonderful example of serving the communities literacy needs, and Verizon is pleased to partner with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi through this grant.”