Third-graders To Show Off Their Reading Skills Following a Year of Tutoring from Yale College Students

Third-graders at Timothy Dwight Elementary School and their tutors from Yale University will celebrate a successful year of participation in the America Reads Challenge Thursday, April 16, at 3 p.m. at the school at 130 Edgewood Avenue in New Haven.

Tim Palmieri, director of The Yale Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, will present Timothy Dwight Principal Peggy Moore with a check for $2,300 to support the school’s library. The check represents the proceeds from the Yale Bookstore’s grand opening event.

Students in the America Reads program will read aloud from some of the books they learned to enjoy in the past year.

All third-graders at Timothy Dwight were matched with a Yale undergraduate during the 1997-98 school year. The 70 tutors met with students for 90-minute literacy sessions at the school three times a week.

The America Reads Challenge is President Clinton’s national initiative to ensure that all children read independently and well by the end of the third grade. The federal literacy program makes work-study funds available for college students who serve as tutors.

Yale President Richard C. Levin invited Yale students last fall to participate in the effort at Timothy Dwight, which drew on the resources of the Yale Child Study Center and Dwight Hall, which coordinates community service by Yale students.

The after-school America Reads literacy program at Timothy Dwight was developed by the New Haven Public Schools, the New Haven Free Public Library, and Yale.

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