Spotlight on Philanthropy
The grant provides professional development activities for inner city Allentown K-3 teachers, reading specialists and Muhlenberg student teachers. The goal is to enhance teaching techniques and strategies of the participants and increase their understanding of how children become effective readers. The "Early Reading" project complements the existing development initiatives of Muhlenberg College's seven-year-old Professional School partnership program.
In its initial year, the program trained 15 Allentown School District teachers in the latest techniques for teaching reading. The second-year class involves 20 teachers who have completed a one-week summer institute and are now participating in 10 evening sessions throughout the school year.
Muhlenberg College literacy instructor, Cathy Kim, serves as regional co-director of the program, which is administered by the Professional Development School at the College.
The Keystone Historic Preservation Grant is provided to not-for-profit organizations for capital improvements on historic resources listed in, or eligible for, listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Since its dedication in 1931, Egner Memorial Chapel has become one of the most beloved symbols of Muhlenberg College. It is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture on an American campus.