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Hamilton Reads


Hamilton Reads is a campaign that helps children in our community learn to read. Hamilton Reads sparks collaborations between educators, parents, librarians, business people, senior citizens, college students, and community and religious groups.

Hamilton 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.

Hamilton Reads in the Community

The Hamilton Reads program targets children who are somewhat below reading level for their grade in an effort to catch them up prior to the end of the academic year.  Tutors work with first and second graders, each student getting to work with their own personal Hamilton Buddy for the whole semester. We emphasize the three C’s: confidence, comprehension and consistency, and work within the framework of a “three-book system”, which involves previewing, reading and re-reading books each week. At the end of the year, we bring the children to campus, along with interested family members and teachers, for a celebration that includes awards, books to take home for the summer, and cake! 

As of 2017, 24 Hamilton students work one-on-one with elementary students at Westmoreland Elementary in Westmoreland, NY and Bellamy Elementary in Rome, NY. We hope to keep expanding our program and reach as many kids as possible! We are currently putting a strong emphasis on our three-book-system and collecting data on the students' progress to measure the success of our program.

Hamilton tutors commit to two hours of tutoring twice a week. They receive training through the resources of the COOP and from previous Hamilton Reads tutors.

For more information or questions please contact Jacob Wallace '18 at jwallac1@hamilton.edu or Amy James at ajames@hamilton.edu or at 315-859-4016.  

Contact Information


Amy James

COOP Director
315-859-4016 315-859-4041 ajames@hamilton.edu
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