Normandale Community College America Reads/America Counts receives award From Bloomington United for Youth

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College's America Reads/America Counts group has been selected as a winner for the "Community Group" category for the Bloomington United for Youth (BUY) Volunteer Recognition.

The group is being honored for the amazing work they have done on behalf of Bloomington youth, and will be recognized as part of an awards ceremony in the Council Chambers of Bloomington Civic Plaza on Tuesday, February 9. The America Reads and Counts tutoring program began in 1999, in partnership with the Bloomington Volunteer Connection. Since its inception, 1,603 Normandale students have tutored 9,837 Bloomington students for a total of 44,792 hours.

"Normandale views this program as a win-win relationship between the college and the Bloomington public schools," said Director of Center for Experiential Education Wanda Kanwischer.

America Reads and Counts is a tutoring program in which Normandale students work within the Bloomington public school district to help elementary and middle school children improve their math and reading skills. The tutors work with children either in small groups or one-on-one in a one of the 15 elementary or middle schools in the area.

The goals of the America Reads and Counts program are to increase elementary and middle school students' reading and math skills as well as their self-esteem and confidence. Additionally, the program develops value systems, an understanding of differing backgrounds, and builds academic skills and career plans for the college student tutors.