The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) named Kelly Craig ’16, Katherine Coughlin ’16 and Camille Dupuis ’14 as the America Reads “Tutors of the Month” for February. Assistant Director of CCESL Jeremy Wattles congratulated the three William Smith students for their continued tutoring and mentoring efforts, as well as acknowledging the “fine work” that all the America Reads tutors perform.
Two or three times a week, the America Reads program sends HWS students to elementary schools for one-on-one tutoring in Geneva, Waterloo and Romulus. The tutors offer their help to improve each respective child’s reading and comprehension skills. In light of their recognition, the Tutors of the Month shared insights about their experiences and what it means to give back through the America Reads program.
“I love to read and I want to help show kids that reading can be cool and fun, and that reading is not something that you have to do, but something that you want to do,” says Craig, a first-year in her first term with America Reads.
Craig, who intends to double major in English and media and society, says she hopes to continue volunteering through the rest of her time at HWS. Her work as a volunteer with children since the time she was in middle school has led her to the America Reads program, where she tutors at St. Francis-St. Stephen School.
Interested in pursuing geology, Spanish and biology, Coughlin is a first-year student at HWS. This is her first semester as a tutor for America Reads.
“At the end of each session, I never leave without feeling proud to see my student grow a little bit more,” Coughlin says, adding that she can’t wait to see how much her student will have improved by the end of the year. “I love helping others and I like to think that my contributions will always have an impact, no matter what their grade level.”
Coughlin says that participating in America Reads has made her more aware of illiteracy issues and that she wants to continue combating the problem.
Dupuis, who is a history major, concentrating in European history with a double minor in dance and Holocaust studies, has tutored with America Reads every semester since her first year, except for when she studied abroad. This semester she tutors at St. Francis-St. Stephen School.
“I absolutely love working with kids and as a work study student I knew that this would be a campus job that I would enjoy going to,” Dupuis says.
Dupuis adds that America Reads appealed to her because it offers the opportunity to mentor kids and provide encouragement academically and personally.
“I want to be someone that they can look up to and show them that there are people in the world who care about them and how they do in school,” she says.