Lee students teach speech at Michigan Avenue

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Posted 1/8/18

Lee University Communication Arts students have worked with fourth-grade students at Michigan Avenue Elementary School for more than a decade, to help them learn to write and give speeches. …

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Lee students teach speech at Michigan Avenue

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Lee University Communication Arts students have worked with fourth-grade students at Michigan Avenue Elementary School for more than a decade, to help them learn to write and give speeches.  

This partnership has been led by Dr. Megan Moe, professor of communications at Lee, and Debbie Walker, a fourth-grade teacher at Michigan Avenue. 

The idea came to fruition when the first of Moe's two daughters was in Walker's fourth-grade class.

Each year,  Lee University communication students deliver a dramatic presentation demonstrating how to give a speech using the topic "peanut butter."  Students model a variety of different introductions and conclusions while demonstrating both exemplary and poor delivery.  

Afterward, Lee students work with fourth-graders in small group settings applying tips to both their public speaking delivery skills and researching and writing speeches.  

Fourth-graders benefit directly from the speech instruction, but on a greater scale they each create a relationship with a local college student.  

"It is a very exciting time when college students visit for the fourth-graders," Walker said. "Lee students go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of our children, sometimes showing up at special school events afterward." 

The event is a collaborative partnership that has stood the test of time, and touched the lives of over 1,000 fourth-graders. 

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