Univ. Communications – Last week, University of Rochester students who volunteer Partners in Reading (PiR) hosted nearly 50 sixth graders from John James Audubon Elementary School No. 33 and Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19 on campus during the 3rd annual College Counts program.
Through the group’s two main branches, Project REACH and Project CARE, undergraduates involved in PiR spend the academic year visiting School No. 33 and No. 19 on a weekly basis, tutoring and mentoring students in kindergarten through sixth grade,.
Project REACH volunteers head to School No. 33 and are assigned and committed to one classroom each semester. During the year, PiR members offer assistance to teachers, provide individual tutoring, or facilitate group activities for the kids. Project CARE, the newest addition of PiR, has a partnership with School No. 19 and focuses on children grades K-2 and 5-7. PiR members provide individual tutoring for students two hours a week, often on multiple subjects. Through both branches, the end result is the same: students build long-term relationships with teachers and children and work to establish themselves as positive role models for the kids in their classroom.
Each spring, as the year comes to a close, members of PiR invite the school’s sixth graders to the River Campus for the College Counts program, which aims to give students a taste of college life.
Beginning with a tour of the River Campus, students spent the day meeting with undergraduates and professors. The sixth graders met with Thomas R. Krugh, professor of chemistry, who conducted a variety of demonstrations that explained different science concepts. Activities also included lunch at Danforth Dining Hall and performances by a cappella group the Midnight Ramblers and dance group UR Bhangra.
The event was sponsored by Partners in Reading, the Community Service Network, and the Rochester Center for Community Leadership.
Article written by Melissa Greco Lopes, editor of The Buzz and student life publicist in University Communications.
Photo courtesy of Maya Dukmasova.