The Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center
History and Mission
The non-profit Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center was founded in 2004 as a training/service/research center. UNL graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Sciences take courses about teaching reading to children who struggle, which they put into practice as tutors in the Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center. Instruction is individualized and based on assessments given by the tutors. It is our goal that each child gains increased skills, greater confidence as a reader, and a love for reading.
Who We Serve
The center serves students in public and private elementary, middle, and high schools who are reading 1-3 years below grade level. Generally, the summer and fall sessions serve students in grades k-12, while the spring session serves grades k-6.
We provided services to 60-80 children in the opening session. Since that time we have served between 20-40 children each session.
For complete information regarding the upcoming session of tutoring at the Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center, please refer to the Session Application Form found here.
What Parents Say
"the Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center was my last ray of hope for getting [my son] help. For me, its been like magic. [He] is more confident at school and will volunteer to read, which he never would do before."
They helped improve [my daughter's] confidence in reading, and comprehension of what she was reading."
"[My daughter] has shown an increase in her ability and it has given her more confidence that she can read better and understand."
"I particularly like the one to one attention that was given to my child. The very informative assessments were also a great help to me and my child's teacher."
Where We Are Located
The Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center is located on UNL East Campus in the Home Economics Bldg., at approximately 35th & Holdredge, Room 112.
Click here for a map of East Campus
We wanted to share the great news about the generous gift of books your friend Cole Edgerton shared with The Schmoker Reading Center on East Campus. He had his friends bring books to his birthday party. Those books were then given to Reading Center library to help struggling readers. We are so grateful that he chose the Reading Center. WE CELEBRATE HIS GENEROSITY!