COOP • Community Outreach
and Opportunity Project

Amy James, Director
(315) 859-4016
(315) 859-4041 (fax)


America Reads Challenge


The America Reads Challenge is a grassroots national campaign that challenges every American to help all our children learn to read, including English Language Learners and students with disabilities. America Reads sparks collaborations between educators, parents, librarians, business people, senior citizens, college students, and community and religious groups.

America Reads Mission Statement:
We are committed to meeting the challenge to have all children reading well and independently by the end of the third grade. Our mission is to:

  • Get kids excited about reading.
  • Improve kids’ literacy skills.
  • Provide greater access to books and opportunities to read with an adult.
  • Support literacy development at home.

More information about America Reads

America Reads at Hamilton College

The America Reads program at Hamilton College will work to target children who attend school at Kernan Elementary in West Utica and Watson Williams Elementary School in East Utica. The majority of students at both schools come from families affected by poverty, and both schools serve many children who are struggling to learn to read.

In a pilot program in the spring of 2011, 19 Hamilton students worked one-on-one with second graders at Kernan Elementary. When the program continued in the fall of 2012, with 20 tutors, it put a greater emphasis on a stronger reading curriculum. In the spring of 2012, America Reads expanded to a second school, Watson Williams, while bringing even more tutors to both schools (44 tutors in total!).  Hamilton tutors commit to two hours of tutoring twice a week. They receive training through the resources of the COOP and regularly collaborate with teachers of at-risk youth.

For more information or questions please contact Amy James at ajames@hamilton.edu or at 315-859-4016.

Dr. Suess Day 2011
Dr. Suess Day 2011
Dr. Suess Day 2011
Dr. Suess Day 2011
Tutoring 2011
Tutoring 2011
Tutoring 2011
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