America Reads

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Basic Information

Address: 630 West Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, Indiana 47429
Phone Number: 812-876-3383
Fax Number: 812-876-9922
Director: Michelle Martin Colman

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Reading Support for k-12 students in Monroe And Owen County
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: k-12 students in Monroe and Owen County, tutored by volunteers from the same area.
Ages for Volunteer: 55 years of age and above
Hours of Service: Choice of times during the school day between 8:00a.m. through 2 p.m.
Minimum Hours Required: 1 and 1/2 hours per week for one school year
Days of Service: Based on Volunteer preference and availability
Mission Statement:

We pair volunteers aged 55 and older with students K-12 to reinforce reading skills in ways that support their learning environment while addressing particular needs of students at their grade level. America Reads tutors are trained as reading support tutors by literacy experts, and receive support materials that are proven effective from a variety of Nationally acclaimed educational sources.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our tutors come from all walks of life, with varied backgrounds and professions. All are retired. A few were teachers, some administrators, some are parents or grandparents, some are retired military. We believe, and experience has shown us, that regardless of your work or life history, if you can read, you can make a difference in the life of a child by reading to them, and by helping them improve their skills by reading to you.

Program History:

In 1997 President Clinton issued the America Reads Challenge. He asked all Americans to join in the effort to improve children's reading achievement. In the same year, Congress funded America Reads to make sure all children can read well by the end of 3rd grade. Our federally funded and annually renewed grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) helps us to ensure that children in our community meet national goals in reading. In addition for the past 5 years, this America Reads program has received an additional grant from our City of Bloomington Martin Luther King Initiative, and we have developed various diversity awareness programs delivered by Volunteers trained specifically for our "American Legacy/Walk a Mile in My Shoes" program, and for another called "The World Needs Me".


Tutors are recruited year round to become volunteers through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP. After a short intake process, tutors are matched with a teacher in a classroom setting, and begin tutoring or diversity awareness presentations. There is one training event in the fall, and another in the spring. In addition, tutors are invited to attend the special trainings for additional tutoring Program events that take place monthly with program and training materials made possible with a Monroe County Martin Luther King Grant.

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