Binghamton University has participated in America Reads since 1997 and in America Counts since 2002. These U.S. Department of Education initiatives fund work-study positions at Binghamton for about 12 graduate students each year. Working 10 hours per week during the academic year, these students experience the satisfaction of having a positive impact on children who struggle with literacy or mathematics.
Through America Reads, graduate students provide one-on-one tutoring and/or small-group instruction to elementary school children who read below grade-level. Graduate students may provide literacy services to parents and caregivers in local schools and communities. Locations for tutoring vary from year-to-year, depending on interests and needs of the graduate student tutors. Each year, America Reads employs eight graduate students and serves about 100 children.
Through America Counts, graduate students provide assistance to students who have difficulty learning mathematics. Graduate students generally work in a high-need middle school. America Counts employs three or four graduate students and reaches about 75 children each year.
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