SUNY Potsdam Receives Gift from Corning to Promote Literacy


Joseph Neubert, center, plant manager for Corning Inc., Canton, presents a check to Tina Wilson-Bush, director of the Sheard Literacy Center, left, and Dean of Education and Professional Studies William J. Amoriell, right.

SUNY Potsdam’s Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center recently received a grant to support its work mentoring North Country children. Joseph Neubert, plant manager for Corning Inc. in Canton, presented the donation from the Corning Incorporated Foundation to the literacy center.

The Corning Foundation grant will be used to support the center’s Mentor Program, which serves 200 elementary and middle school children from St. Lawrence County each year, through an after-school mentoring program led by college students in SUNY Potsdam’s renowned education program.

In the 2009-10 school year, the Rebecca. V. Sheard Literacy Center Mentor Program served 200 elementary and middle school students from the Potsdam, Parishville-Hopkinton, Madrid-Waddington, Heuvelton, Colton and Massena central school districts.

The Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center's mission is to provide literacy education to the greater Northern New York communities, resources and educational support for teachers and parents on issues of literacy education across the curriculum, and state-of-the-art classrooms for the School of Education faculty who teach literacy. In addition, the Literacy Center houses and maintains partnerships with projects that promote leadership and research on current issues, pedagogy, and curriculum in literacy education.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 100 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training, and leadership in the performing and visual arts.