Education

DC Youth Beautify Local Rec Center

Some 100 children from Washington, D.C.’s embattled Trinidad neighborhood and other underserved city neighborhoods took part in a major event on July 15 celebrating community service and summer learning activities.

Utah Senior Shepherds Young Girl Through School

I shall never forget a little girl named Sabrina. Her hair was fly-away dish-water blonde and framed her narrow face, thin lips, pointy chin and blue eyes. Thin and gangly, she made a perfect target for numerous taunts and teasing from other children. She was also very disruptive in class. She was defiant of the teacher, aggressive to other children and rude. It seemed she didn’t want to learn. She needed help!

Wisconsin VISTA Leader Creates Community Reading Program

Working as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for a state-wide project while still serving in a school district coordinating projects and facilitating a team can be a challenging, but the rewards are plentiful. The Wisconsin DPI VISTA Project seeks “to build capacity for family involvement in low-income schools and communities by implementing a research-based, sustainable process for partnerships.” In the School District of Rhinelander, I am in the middle of a summer program which just might be my most sustainable idea thus far.

 Kentucky Man: "It's Time for Me to Get My Life Together."

Kevin B. is an adult learner. Pat B. is a literacy tutor. Here is our story.

“I am Kevin B. I am a troubled reader and I have decided to get help. I have been working with Pat. She has been helping me a lot. I am 23 years old and it is time for me to get my life together. So I am. One step at a time.”

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius Joins Reach Out and Read to Promote Childhood Literacy

More than one-third of American children entering kindergarten today lack the basic language skills they will need to learn to read. So on June 23rd, U.S.

SeniorCorps Program Helps Former Teacher Find Ways to Keep Teaching

What happens to those elementary students who do not need special education, but need additional help in the classroom? For many schools, there is not enough staff available to reach these students on a timely basis. RSVP volunteer, Darlene S. has decided to take it upon herself to help fill this void.

Blind Woman Is Reading Tutor for United We Serve

Kathy Gallagher is volunteering as a reading mentor under the United We Serve program. This summer she is helping two brothers improve their reading skills during summer vacation.

 CA Teen Helps Make Reading Possible at Local Boys and Girls Club

A 15 year old sophomore at Great Oak High School in Temecula, contacted Melissa, the Unit Director at the Great Oak Clubhouse in Temecula, CA. The student was looking for a community service project that would truly have impact on the community and make a difference for children in her own town.

Florida Middle School Students Learn and Serve

I am going into the 8th grade at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Titusville, FL. This summer I am a part of a week-long camp improving Jackson's Learn and Serve team. Learn and Serve is a club at my school and we do service projects that benefit both the recipient and the giver. We help the community and learn at the same time.

Getting on the Right Track: 10 NY Inmates Help Others Learn to Read

This month, with the help of Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties, 10 inmates at the Adirondack Correctional Facility will be trained and certified as volunteer literacy tutors. All of these men have high school diplomas or GEDs and also hold facility jobs for which they are paid a nominal stipend ($.24/hour, 30 hours/week). Here is what they would like to say:

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