Reading University

What is Reading University

COVID-19 Update:

Uncertainty of life is our new reality. All indications point to it being quite impossible to provide a reading support program for 200 Grade 3 students under current circumstances.  So it is with regret that we are canceling Grade Three Reading Universities 2020 summer session. 

The RU staff are very disappointed that they will not have the opportunity to offer their ” amazingly cool”  programs to students in July. This is not an end, simply a pause.  Reading University will be up and running again for the 2021 session!


The Bad News is that COVID-19 is preventing us from offering our program to 200 eager Grade 3 students this summer.

The GOOD NEWS IS we will still be celebrating RU graduates this year by once again offering the RU student Award. Congratulations to Morgan Bodnaruk for winning this years' student award! We wish you luck in your studies!

  "Reading and writing proficiency at the end of Grade 3 is the most important academic objective in school because it is the foundation for understanding instruction in all disciplines." - From the Globe and Mail "There is a reading crisis in Canada. The pandemic will make it worse.  

Reading University (RU) is a remarkable and exciting program designed to help Grade 3 students who are almost at grade level but need a little more literacy practice to improve their reading and writing skills.  Students are bussed to and from their home, provided with snacks, lunch, and all the supplies needed to succeed.  On top of that, there are field trips and excursions all over town!

This program is 100% community funded, meaning no cost to families, while allowing the RU staff to maintain a ratio of one educator for every 5 students throughout the 3 week experience.  Students are engaged in learning using a wide variety of interactive learning strategies throughout the RU experience.  It is an awesome way to kick off the summer!


"Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss." Nora Ephron - 1941-2012

Watch our Fun Video! Want to see more?  Here is a Fun Video from 2018!  

8th Annual Reading University Hole-in-One Tournament!

September 10, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19. Join us in 2021!

Contact Mackenzie for more information