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Cappi Wadley Center provides tutoring for children
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Cappi Wadley Center provides tutoring for children


Jalen Porter

TNE Writer

The Capitola "Cappi" Wadley Reading and Technology Center was funded by Gregg Wadley and his wife, Dr. Betsy Brackett, in 2012. Gregg and Betsy contributed a million dollars to fund the creation of the reading center. They named it the Capitola "Cappi" Wadley Reading and Technology Center in honor of Gregg's mother, who had been a teacher and a librarian at NSU.

The Cappi Wadley Center is a free tutoring center that is open to the community. They offer tutoring for reading, writing, math, science, social studies and other languages, as well as dyslexia screenings and an English as a second language class. Most of the students range from kindergarten up to 12th grade. However, they have educational resources for all ages.

“The Cappi Wadley Reading and Technology Center makes an impact on the community because it is flexible and free,” said Tobi Thompson, Cappi Wadley Center associate professor. “One of the many great things that the center offers is flexibility. We are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Parents who opt for the computer-based tutoring are able to work their child's tutoring around their schedules. With the help of these resources, we see our students grow tremendously in their desired skills.”

The subject that students tend to struggle with the most is reading. Although the center provides tutoring for K-12, they often seek elementary students who are in need of reading assistance. The face-to-face tutoring is a resource for students who tend to not enjoy reading. Face-to-face tutoring gives the children the skills they need to perform better in their reading and the control over what they read based on their interest. The goal is that students eventually see reading as a hobby rather than a chore.

“As a psychology major working as a tutor at Cappi Wadley, it has given me the opportunity to work one-on-one with children who are struggling at school,” said Jaimie Diaz, Cappi Wadley Center tutor. “Some of the children that I have worked with have had behavioral issues and are on medication because of it, and some have had family problems. I have also worked with children who are culturally diverse. Working with them and getting to know them has truly impacted my life. When I look into their eyes, I see so much potential for growth and success. The children who attend Cappi Wadley are our future and legacy.”

In 2017, the organization incorporated many different computer-based reading programs that offer a wide range of materials to make sure their student's needs are met. They have also began computer-based tutoring for math, science, and social studies as well. Along with their new computer programs, they have gained certifications for dyslexia screening and teaching English as a second language.

Outreach is the main goal for Cappi Wadley in 2018. Since the year began, Cappi Wadley Center have made strides in touching base with the surrounding schools to make sure every child and parent knows about the organization.

“It helps me develop lessons for struggling readers,” said Karissa Pierson, Cappi Wadley Center tutor. “As a future educator, it's great for me to be able to see how these children struggle. It also helps me to form relationships with students on a one-to-one basis. It's important for to show children that reading can be a hobby and not a hassle. When a student finally has a love for reading after working with them, it makes me proud to be an educator.”

The Cappi Wadley Center is located in Bagley Hall on the NSU campus in Tahlequah. For more information, email Thompson at thompsto@nsuok.edu

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