Mercyhurst makes gains in urban education

The Mercyhurst College Pre-Teaching Academy, a collaborative effort with the Erie School District, has been awarded a $15,000 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant to continue its outreach program for the 2004-2005 academic year.

The pre-teaching academy, organized by Mercyhurst education faculty Ruth Auld and Dr. Phil Belfiore, utilizes Mercyhurst education majors to mentor and supervise East High students who, in turn, tutor pupils from Edison Elementary School in an after-school program.

The program aims to benefit three groups: it provides Mercyhurst education majors experience teaching in an inner-city environment; East High students get the chance to explore education as a career choice; and the elementary school pupils get the support they need to be successful in school.

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