America Reads/America Counts Program

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your campus job could get you off campus to work with local kids? America Reads and America Counts allows you to do just that!

America Reads and America Counts tutors provide valuable literacy and math help to elementary school students in the Greater Waterville area. Colby students work closely with classroom teachers to help students reach their learning potential. Tutors might spend time working one-on-one with students, running small-group tutoring sessions, or working alongside teachers in the classroom. This is a great chance to make a difference by working closely with students in local schools.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in being an America Reads or America Counts tutor please download and complete this application form. Make sure to fill out all of the information on both sides of the form, and return it, in person or by e-mail, to Celeste Lessard in Miller 035 (clessard@colby.edu).  Don’t forget to include special requests (for example, if you want to work with the same teacher again this year).

Because America Reads and America Counts are federally funded programs, all tutors must be Federal Work Study eligible. If you do not know if you are eligible, please contact Bill Pottle, Student Employment Coordinator (wupottle@colby.edu).

Upon receipt of your application form and confirmation of your Federal Work Study eligibility we will put you in contact with a local teacher who has requested an America Reads/America counts tutor. It will be up to you to arrange your first visit to your teacher’s classroom, and to set up your schedule for the semester.

You must also follow the process outlined by Student Financial Services for getting hired and getting paid. This includes filling out the IRS Form W-4 and the Maine Form W-4ME, and entering your weekly hours using the “Getting Paid>Time Sheet Entry” links found under the “Student Employment” tab on your My Colby portal. In addition, you must complete a supplementary time sheet every two weeks, have it signed by your supervising teacher, and return it to Celeste Lessard in Miller 035 by Monday noon following the close of each payroll period. If you do not you will not receive your check for that pay period (because the teacher you are working with is considered your primary supervisor for your AR/AC job).

For more information or questions about America Reads and America Counts contact Adam Howard, Chair, Education Program (mahoward@colby.edu).

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