NLA INFO:1,000 Colleges Join America Reads
ajohnson at nifl.gov
Fri Jun 5 09:18:01 EDT 1998
"The parent is the child's first and most important teacher," said
Carol H. Rasco, Director of The America Reads Challenge. "Sometimes
the best way to help a child is to help parents with their own
literacy skills, and encourage them to read with and to their
children," said Rasco.
This quote is pulled from the attached press release.
-- Alice Johnson
National Institute for Literacy
June 3, 1998
PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES ONE THOUSAND COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
JOIN AMERICA READS CHALLENGE
-- Education Secretary Riley Applauds Achievement --
President Clinton announced today that over one thousand colleges
and universities have joined The America Reads Challenge by committing
to send college work-study students to tutor children in reading.
"Our America Reads program is helping thousands of children learn to
read," Clinton said. "Last year, I was pleased that many of our
nation's college and university presidents came forward to help by
committing a percentage of their work- study students to serve as
reading tutors. I am pleased to announce that as of today, 1,000
colleges and universities around the country have joined our efforts."
Clinton made the announcement at a City Year/AmeriCorps event in
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Richard W. Riley applauded
the achievement. Under a waiver program instituted by Riley last
July, the federal government pays 100% of the wages of a college
Federal Work-Study (FWS) student who tutors children in the community.
Riley credited the members of The President's Steering Committee of
College Presidents, who took the lead in committing their own students
to America Reads, and recruited other presidents to join.
"In less than one year, one thousand institutions of higher
learning have embraced President Clinton's challenge to America to
teach our children to read," Riley said. "Behind that impressive
number are countless hours devoted by college students to mentoring
children, one by one. These students not only help children read
better by giving them extra learning time. They also build
confidence, boost motivation, and send each child an important
message: that reading counts! I commend these colleges and
universities for their enthusiastic participation in America Reads,
and I thank the student tutors who are making a real difference in
A diverse array of colleges and universities, representing all
types of students, made the commitment to tutor children in their
communities. For instance, in southern Florida, a consortium of
schools led by Miami-Dade Community College sent 216 tutors to
struggling inner city schools, while in the Pacific Northwest, a
consortium led by Washington State University sent 40 tutors long
distances to reach children of migrant families in small towns.
"It's clear that America Reads tutoring offers a win-win partnership,
where both the young student and the college tutor are learning
valuable lessons," Riley said.
Riley hailed the creativity and diversity of each institution's
approach to the challenge.
Yale University paired a college tutor with every single student in
one urban elementary class.
Florida's Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University tutors used hands-on
flight simulation to demonstrate the benefits of good reading skills.
Bank Street College of Education students recruited New York City
fifth and sixth graders to tutor first graders.
Maine Maritime Academy tutors took children on a boat to observe
sea life, then returned to the classroom to read books about boats and
Boston University paired college mentors one-on-one with Head Start
Duke University partnered with Glaxo-Wellcome to provide books for
students and train tutors.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, created a family newsletter to
inform parents about how to reinforce literacy-building skills at
A University of Hawaii, Manoa tutor incorporated dance and movement
in the reading process.
A University of Texas, El Paso tutor motivated a child to read
recipes by baking cornbread.
The University of Baltimore will send 28 work-study students to
SuperKids Camp this summer, to tutor in reading and promote fun
In addition to the opportunity for college Federal Work-Study
students to tutor in local schools, a new waiver to take effect July
1, 1998 will expand tutoring into family literacy programs. "The
parent is the child's first and most important teacher," said Carol H.
Rasco, Director of The America Reads Challenge. "Sometimes the best
way to help a child is to help parents with their own literacy skills,
and encourage them to read with and to their children," said Rasco.
The America Reads Challenge is President Clinton's initiative to
help all children read well by the end of third grade. In a 1994
National Assessment of Educational Progress test, 40% of American
fourth graders failed to read at a basic level.
A list of the one thousand institutions, regional summaries of
selected programs, and a fact sheet on work-study are available by
**America Reads Steering Committee of College Presidents**
San Francisco State University, President Robert Corrigan (Steering
Bank Street College of Education, President Augusta Souza Kappner
Brown University, President E. Gordon Gee
Community College of Denver, President Byron McClenney
Georgetown University, President Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.
Gettysburg College, President Gordon A. Haaland
Miami Dade Community College, District President Eduardo Padron
Morehouse College, President Walter E. Massey
New York University, President L. Jay Oliva
Pennsylvania State University, President Graham Spanier
Southern Illinois University System, President Ted Sanders
University of Maryland, College Park, President William E. Kirwan
University of Mississippi, President Robert C. Khayat
University of Montana, President George M. Dennison
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chancellor Michael Hooker
University of Pennsylvania, President Judith Rodin
University of Texas at El Paso, President Diana S. Natalicio
University of Vermont, President Judith A. Ramaley
Vermont State Colleges System, Chancellor Charles Bunting
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