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America Reads

The America Reads Program was started in 1997 by President Clinton. This program was designed to ensure that every child in America would be able to read independently by the end of the third grade. To achieve this goal the President called for a substantial increase in the number of tutors and mentors available to young children. With forty percent of all children reading below the accepted level on national reading assessments, it is critical to act now to remedy this situation.

Rivier has been supporting the America Reads program since 1998 with the help of our student tutors and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their time! The benefit of this program to the children is matched only by the benefits reaped by our Rivier College Students. We are currently seeking reading tutors for all of our sponsor schools. If you are interested in committing a few hours a week to helping an elementary school child read, look below for tutor information or contact us.

We hope that this site will be useful and informative to current and prospective Rivier University tutors, our host schools, and the community at large. The Frequently Asked Questions page addresses common concerns of both Tutors and Host School teachers and administrators. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns. This program is indeed a partnership on many levels and it is as partners that we will ensure its success.

Tutor Information

Rivier University America Reads is always looking for new reading tutors to assist students in local elementary schools. Current and former tutors often comment that their experience helping young children read has been one of the most memorable in their lives. Some of our tutors return for a second or even a third year. If you are interested in becoming a Rivier College America Reads tutor, read the qualifications below and contact the Office of Student Activities for an application.


  • Applicants must be full-time Rivier University students with a G.P.A. of at least 2.0.
  • In order to be paid, students must qualify for the work-study program through the Financial Aid Office.
  • Applicants should be flexible, and enjoy working with elementary school children in a learning environment.
  • Tutors must be able to work at least four hour per week during the typical elementary school day.
  • Previous experience with children is a plus but not required.

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