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Canisius Expands Reading Ready Tutoring Program

Thanks to the generous funding from the Benedict Silverman Foundation, Canisius University is able to bring Reading Ready to Buffalo in two, transformative ways: paid tutoring opportunities and embedded field work tutoring.

Eleven paid tutors have been paired with 37 second and third graders at Buffalo Public School #89.  In addition, 15 students in ECCH 221: Emergent Literacy with Professor Joyce Fanning, have been placed in grades K-2 at Buffalo Public School #17.  Here, Reading Ready is implemented during the 20 hours of field experience, with 30 students in their assigned classrooms.  Students receive one-on-one literacy tutoring three days each week.

Finally, three teacher residents in the Canisius University Teacher Residency Program (CUTR) will be implementing Reading Ready in their residency classrooms.  Together, Elizabeth Turner and Joyce Fanning will continue to support and grow the Canisius University Reading Corps through the Reading Ready tutoring initiative.  Tutors can be any major at Canisius and are hired and trained at the beginning of each semester.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Turner, Director of Educational Partnerships, Teacher Education & Leadership Department

Canisius Students at BPS Saturday Academies

More than 55 Canisius University students volunteered at 13 Saturday Academies this semester. Saturday Academies provide educational, recreational, cultural, social and wellness programs for the entire family at Buffalo Public Schools Community Schools.  The events are supported through a partnership between Say Yes Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools.  They are free and open to everyone. 


Students were warmly welcomed at six different Community Schools including Hamlin Park, East High School, and Burgard High School.  You could find students interacting with youth in the gym while playing basketball and JENGA, as friendly faces during registration, working in the clothing & food support rooms, helping with seasonal crafts, making slime, and so much more!  Students participated as a service learning opportunity through a variety of education courses.  

Submitted by: Elizabeth Turner, director, Educational Partnerships

Canisius Say Yes Summer Camp Wrap-Up

The Say Yes Summer Camp site at Canisius wrapped up six weeks of fun and learning just before the semester began.

The camp served 27 BPS students in PreK-3rd grade.  Eleven of those students qualified for daily one-on-one Reading Ready tutoring through a grant from the Benedict Silverman Foundation.  Three trained Canisius students provided 168 tutoring sessions for the students who all improved their literacy skills just in time for the new school year.  Dr. Katie Pace Miles, author of Reading Ready and native Buffalonian, came for a visit to see the tutoring program in action!

Other highlights of the summer camp included weekly story time with Canisius Librarian, Matt Kochan, daily visits to the fish tank in the Office of Student Affairs, and play time with SEHS Dean, Dr. Nancy Wallace! The students had a summer they will never forget!

Submitted by: Elizabeth Turner, Director of Educational Partnerships

Campus Candids

Canisius invited it’s 27 camp families to a welcome BBQ in the Quad on Thursday, June 29.

Chartwells was grilling hotdogs and hamburgers while Petey welcomed campers.  Families of the campers met the camp staff, nine of whom are either graduates or current students of Canisius.  Fun was had by all and the children loved being welcomed as the newest Golden Griffins!

Canisius’ Say Yes Summer Camp runs Monday – Friday on the 3rd floor of Old Main through August 18.  The Canisius community has been so welcoming and supportive of this initiative.  If you would like a visit from 5-10 year olds, or have something to share with us on campus, please reach out to camp director Elizabeth Turner (

Submitted by: Elizabeth Turner, Director of Educational Partnerships, Teacher Education & Leadership Department

Say Yes Summer Camp

Canisius will be one of 27 sites for a Say Yes Summer Camp from July 10 – August 18.  Students from Buffalo public and charter schools, grades PK-6, will be on site from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. during the six-week summer program.  Many students are coming from neighborhood schools or live in the neighborhood!  Certified teachers, along with AmeriCorps Summer ABLE members will be supervising this multi-age camp focused on social-emotional development and preventing academic learning loss.  Students in need of reading support will have access to daily one-on-one tutoring through a Reading Ready grant from the Benedict Silverman Foundation.  Students will also participate in cooking classes, Girl Scouts, Tinkergarten, STEM activities, field trips and more!

You can find students on the third floor of Old Main, in the Library and out in the Quad!  Can we come visit or learn something from you on campus?  Do you have anything interesting to share with the campers? We’d love to bring the students to all different part of campus.  If so, please connect with Elizabeth Turner, summer camp director, at or 888-2768.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Turner, Director of Educational Partnerships, Teacher Education & Leadership Department