UNH Students Help Seacoast
Children Learn To Read
Contact: Jessica D’Avanza
Dec. 21, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – Amy Kaye, a junior at the University of New
Hampshire, knows the importance of learning to read at an early
age to achieve her goals. When opportunity knocked at her residence
hall with a request to help Seacoast Reads, she signed on as a tutor
for the child literacy program sponsored by AmeriCorps.
“What I like about Seacoast Reads is the ability to work one-on-one
with a child,” says Kaye. “I really enjoy working with
kids and at one point thought about becoming a teacher.”
While at UNH, Kaye is a resident assistant in Hetzel Hall, one of
UNH’s 21 residence halls that have paired with a community
service project in the area. Seacoast Reads tutors are assigned
a child in either second or third grade from area elementary schools,
meeting twice a week for 45 minutes. The focus is on building a
child’s confidence to read. This is accomplished by reading
a familiar book with the child, then using word games with magnetic
letters or a white board, and lastly, by reading a new book with
the child and asking comprehension questions.
The partnership began when Jen Golia, coordinator for Seacoast Reads
and a UNH graduate, met up with her former hall director who was
looking for a service project.
“I saw the results when I was a tutor and I think Seacoast
Reads is a really good, quality program. Tutors learn just as much
as the kids. I’m probably going to be a teacher, and this
is a really good experience for that,” says Golia, who is
working toward her masters in education at UNH.The match is turning
out to be a very good fit for Hetzel Hall and a number of the residents.
“Our residents contribute 10 percent of the campus tutors
for this program,” says Patrick Wade, hall director.
“Lots of kids have great fluency, but not much comprehension”.
“When a kid hears you reading out loud they think it’s
the greatest thing in the world.”