America Reads Challenge

In 1997, President Clinton issued the America Reads Challenge, which called on all Americans to help ensure that every child can read well and independently by the end of third grade.

Connecticut College created a component of this national literacy program by partnering with New London's public Jennings and Winthrop elementary schools.

Connecticut College students complete a reading training program and are matched with classroom teachers. Our students assist as teacher aides, provide one-to-one tutoring and teach small groups. They also read to children to foster a love of reading and build literacy skills.

Students can participate through paid federal work-study positions or as volunteers. The America Reads Challenge student coordinators work closely with an OVCS staff member to oversee, recruit, train and place ARC tutors in the classrooms.

OVCS Contact Information:


College Center at Crozier-Williams
Box 5323
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196