America Reads Challenge Graduates 80 Students

Yale University, in partnership with Timothy Dwight Elementary School, will host the America Reads Challenge graduation for 80 Timothy Dwight Elementary School students and their Yale tutors.

The event takes place on Friday, April 26, 2002, from 1 - 2:15 p.m. at Timothy Dwight Elementary School, 130 Edgewood Ave., New Haven. The America Reads Challenge, sponsored by Yale University, is in its 5th year and has served a total of 500 students. Every third-grader at Dwight is tutored three times a week by a Yale student, totaling over 16,000 hours of work each year.

“This free one-on-one tutoring gives the sort of help that students can’t receive in the classroom,” said Nikki Vo, coordinator of Yale’s public schools partnership program. “It is a wonderful experience for both the 3rd graders and the Yale students. Tutors and students have formed bonds that last beyond the tutoring experience. Yale University and Timothy Dwight students who have graduated from the program, for instance, still stay in touch with their 3rd grade reading partner.”

“There has been a significant increase in the reading of storybooks, novels and other materials from our students,” said Bernadette Strode, principal of Timothy Dwight School. “This program certainly exemplifies the high level of achievement that we look for in putting our kids first.”

America Reads is a national campaign challenging every American to help children learn to read. It includes college students and citizens of all ages tutoring children, seniors starting lending libraries, businesses donating time, money and books, and policy-makers and elected officials focusing on literacy. Parents who read to their children every night and children themselves promising to read thirty minutes per day in the summer also share an important role in the program. For more information, visit

America Reads is an example of the programming that Yale University provides to the New Haven community as an institution dedicated to education and the development of human potential. More than 10,000 young people participate in athletic and academic programs at Yale University each year.