Jumpstart Book Written by HWS Faculty and Alums – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Jumpstart Book Written by HWS Faculty and Alums

“Intervening for Literacy” is written by and interspersed with Colleges' people

(Nov. 29, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.—Pearson Allyn & Bacon recently released “Intervening for Literacy,” a guide to tutoring young children in language development and literacy. The book was written by Hobart and William Smith Colleges education professors Charles Temple and Jim MaKinster, with help from Jenna Logue, of the William Smith Class of 2001 and former Colleges' assistant director of public service, Lauren Buchmann, of the William Smith Class of 2004, and Gabriela Mrvova, a former English teacher and Peace Corps trainer in Slovakia. President Mark D. Gearan wrote the foreword.

Pearson is a financial supporter of the Jumpstart tutoring program, which has an active chapter in Geneva that places Hobart and William Smith students as tutors in Geneva Head Start and Lakefront Day Care. “Intervening for Literacy” was written to provide a deeper understanding of language and literacy development and tutoring methods for undergraduates who volunteer to work with young children. The book is also meant to help transform college students' sense of volunteerism into a vocation by showing them ways to enter the teaching field after college. It offers detailed advice to students who decide to become teachers–especially those who come to this decision in the latter years of college. The book opens with a statement of support of student volunteerism by President Gearan, the former director of the Peace Corps.

“Intervening for Literacy” also contains pictures and quotes from HWS Jumpstart volunteers, including Catherine Dowd-Reilly, a member of the William Smith Class of 2004, sophomore Joe MacDonald, and senior Shannon Starkweather, and local teachers.

Pearson, based in London, U.K., has committed $2.5 million to support Jumpstart, which has centers in urban and rural areas throughout the United States, and also uses Jumpstart as a vehicle for Pearson's employees' volunteerism. Pearson will donate their share of the proceeds from “Intervening for Literacy” to the Jumpstart program.