America Reads Mission Statement
We are committed to meeting the challenge to have all children reading well and independently by the end of the third grade. Our mission is to:
- Get kids excited about reading.
- Improve kids’ literacy skills.
- Provide greater access to books and opportunities to read with an adult.
- Support literacy development at home.
America Reads at Hamilton
The America Reads program at Hamilton College targets children who are somewhat below reading level for their grade in an effort to catch them up prior to the end of the academic year. In the past, tutors have worked with with second graders, matching a Hamilton tutor with a child for the entire semester or occasionally for the entire academic year (depending on the tutor's class schedule). We emphasize the three C's: confidence, comprehension and consistency, and work within the framework of a "three-book system", which involves previewing, reading and re-reading books each week. At the end of the year, we bring the children to campus, along with interested family members and teachers, for a celebration that includes awards, books to take home for the summer, and cake!
In a pilot program in the spring of 2011, 19 Hamilton students worked one-on-one with second graders at Kernan Elementary School in Utica. When the program continued in the fall of 2012, with 20 tutors, it put a greater emphasis on a stronger reading curriculum. In the spring of 2012, America Reads expanded to a second school, Watson Williams, while bringing even more tutors to both schools (44 tutors in total!). We are currently seeking to expand our reach to other area schools.
Hamilton tutors commit to two hours of tutoring twice a week. They receive training through the resources of the COOP and Hamilton's education faculty.
For more information or questions please contact Amy James at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 315-859-4016.