Seacoast Reads

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How you can help Seacoast Reads Spread Literacy!

  • Spread the word!
  • Volunteer to tutor
  • Donate books
  • Make a tax deductible donation to help supply books, materials and tutor transportation by going to UNH Foundation Website (select "Other" and type "Seacoast Reads" on the fund description line.)

Contact Us

Ruth Wharton-McDonald
Associate Professor of Education
Email: ruth.wharton@unh.edu
Phone: (603) 862-2380
Fax: (603) 862-2174
202A Morrill Hall
62 College Road

Martine Grenier-Burtis
Program Coordinator

Natalie Laurendeau
Program Assistant

Seacoast Reads
Email: Seacoast.Reads@unh.edu
Phone: (603) 862-2955

Volunteer Application

Seacoast Reads Application

(Applications are taken when link above is active.)

 

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What is Seacoast Reads?

Seacoast Reads is a local implementation of the America Reads Challenge.

Our mission is:

  • to help children increase proficiency in reading and writing,
  • to develop self-confidence and
  • to encourage a love of reading.

Seacoast Reads places UNH undergraduate volunteers into local schools, libraries and after-school programs to help elementary and middle school students improve their reading and writing skills through one-on-one support.

Volunteers travel with a group to their site twice per week for one semester to spend time with their "reading buddy" reading books, playing literacy games, and writing.

Volunteers have the option to enroll in EDUC 506-Service Learning Experiences in Literacy, a one-credit course to take in conjunction with their volunteer experience.

Training

All tutors must attend a 90 minute training session at the beginning of each semester before they can work with their reading buddy. Times and dates of the trainings will be advertised throughout the application process.

Cooperating Sites

  • Barrington
    • Barrington Elementary School
  • Dover
    • Woodman Park After School Program
    • Woodman Park Elementary
    • Garrison Elementary School 
    • Seymour Osman Community Center 
  • Durham
    • Durham Public Library
  • Greenland
    • Greenland Central School
  • Lee
    • Mast Way Elementary School
  • Rochester Area
    • Gonic Elementary School
  • Rollinsford 
    • Rollinsford Elementary School       
  • Amanda Eagles Tutor Spotlight

Hours

If you would like to apply, have questions or would like to discuss the Seacoast Reads program further, visit us in our office, email, or call. We look forward to speaking with you.

Office Hours for Spring 2019:

  • Monday 9:00-4:30 PM
  • Tuesday 10:00-4:30 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00-4:00 PM
  • Thursday 10:00-3:00 PM
  • Friday-Office is closed
Thank You For Your Support! 

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