Reading University

What is Reading University

COVID-19 Update 2021:

Over the past year, the pandemic has forced us to learn to stretch our flexibility muscles to the max. It seems as if planning even for the near future is still uncertain. We are very disappointed to report that indicators still point toward it being quite impossible to provide a reading support program for 200 Grade 3 students .  So it is with regret that we must cancel the  Grade Three Reading University 2021 summer session.   The RU staff are very disappointed that they will not have the opportunity to offer the ” amazingly cool”  programs to students in July. This is not an end, simply a continued pause. Rest assured that Reading University will be up and running again for the 2022 session if we have any say in the matter ! 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 the 2020 student award to pursue studies at GPRC/U of Alberta! If you know of a 2021 grad who attended RU in the past, please encourage them to apply for the RU student award. When a skill is difficult to master, often times practice is the last thing a person wants to do. So if your child finds reading “too hard” or “too boring”, try figuring out ways to have them read incidentally (you can sneak it in so they won’t even know it). Every bit of reading practice brings children one step closer to mastery. 

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!

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