Students Teaching Behind Bars

Knox College students help local prisoners study for success beyond the cell block.


Moriah Spicer and Cordelia Bone are buzzed through the heavy metal doors at the Knox County Law Enforcement Center every Monday and Wednesday afternoon.

With book-filled bags strapped to their backs, the two Knox College students make their way through the jail’s lobby, past the inmates in holding cells and the deputies in uniform.

They enter a small room lined with metal shelves full of worn paperbacks, Bibles and outdated encyclopedias. After rearranging the tables and chairs, they write lesson plans on a dry-erase board mounted on the cement-block walls….

….Spicer and Bone are the latest Knox students to run the jail literacy program, which is affiliated with the college and Altrusa Club of Galesburg. They began tutoring inmates in January as part of a service project for a college course.The course is now over, but Spicer and Bone keep coming back.

Read the Register-Mail story.