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 the UNH Foundation Website (select "Other" and type "Seacoast Reads" on the fund description line.)
(Applications are taken when link, above, is active)
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.
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.
Barrington Elementary School
Woodman Park After School Program
Woodman Park Elementary
Garrison Elementary School
Seymour Osman Community Center
Durham Public Library
Greenland Central School
Mast Way Elementary School
Gonic Elementary School
Rollinsford Elementary School
Seacoast Reads tutors travel to the schools twice a week for 45 minute sessions. We suggest that all volunteers set aside 4 hours a week to tutor. This includes travel time to and from the schools, plus a few minutes in case of traffic, delays, or unplanned events. The total commitment roughly is two hours, two days a week.
Below is an example of how the timing works:
Allen School meets every Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 - 1:00. This means we leave campus at 11:00 and will be back on campus by 1:00 (for those who have 1:10 class).
We coordinate carpooling from campus.
You do not need a car to be a Seacoast Reads tutor.
The Seacoast Reads office is a place to explore and gather thoughtful materials for tutoring. You are invited to stop by at anytime to discuss activities and books with fellow tutors, the program coordinator or assistant. We only ask that you sign your materials in and out so others may use them too!
Seacoast Reads volunteers commit to one semester of tutoring at a time. Tutors are welcome back for additional semesters, as long as they are undergraduates at UNH and pass our reference and background checks.
Tutoring volunteers must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at UNH. If you are ineligible to volunteer, support us by spreading the word in your community, liking us on Facebook, or donating.
All volunteers must pass a background check and UNH Office of Conduct and Mediation review.
Once you have decided to be a Seacoast Reads tutor, we ask that you fill out an application. These are available in the Seacoast Reads office in Morrill Hall, Room 5. The application lists days and times. You will select the best schedule that works for you, and we will try our best to accommodate your requests. We will place you at one site that has times and days matching your availability.
When filling out the application, check off the times/days that best fit your schedule. Number your choices in order of preference if you have one. You will remain at one site with one or two students for the entire semester. We believe that establishing a relationship with your reading buddy is important, so staying with the same students all semester is necessary.
The program follows the UNH academic calendar. Whenever there are no classes. Whenever there are no classes, there will be no tutoring. If you have further questions we invite you to visit us, email or call.
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 2018:
Fridays - Office Closed
Thank You For Your Support!
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