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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

America Reads

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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Office Location:
715 S. New St.
Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level
Enter at Student Health Services
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3379
Fax: 610-430-5600

America Reads Youth Mentoring Program

America Reads is an academic enrichment program that sends college students out into the community to mentor youth in local after-school and childcare programs. College students serving as mentors build positive relationships with children, provide homework assistance, enhance social skill development of youth, and facilitate educational games and extracurricular activities while developing their own professional skills.

“The students at WCU are the heartbeat of our program because they provide an immeasurable service to our younger students… We view WCU as a really important partner. Together, we are providing academic, social, cultural, and civic support to the most underserved community of West Chester.”
- Ken Winston, Executive Director of The Charles A Melton Arts & Education Center

Student reading to child

Become a Mentor!

Federal Work-Study
If you are a student in need of financial assistance, you may qualify for federal work-study. Work-study students typically can work up to ten hours a week. To apply, applicants must first complete the FAFSA and the Federal Work-Study Student Employment Application.

You can also participate in America Reads as a volunteer. To volunteer for this program, please visit the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs or contact Caitlin Silver. The America Reads program is a great way for students seeking Formal Admittance to Teacher Education (FATE) to obtain the 20 hours of required service.

Service Sites


Reading Comprehension Activities

  • Ask questions relevant to the story before beginning the story
  • Have the child draw a picture based on their favorite part in a story
  • Use graphic organizers to summarize stories
  • Make flash cards of vocabulary words
  • Play reading comprehension board and word games
  • Take breaks to ask questions about what is occurring in the story and what the child thinks will happen next
  • Use hand and finger puppets to retell stories
  • Write creative stories
  • Build connections between the child and characters/activities in the story

In what stage of development is your reader?

  • Emergent readers: These students can work with concepts of print and are at the very beginning stages of developing letter-sound relationships.
  • Early readers: These students can call upon the cuing systems and pay close attention to visual cues and language patterns. These students begin reading for meaning by predicting.
  • Transitional readers: These students are beginning to read at a good pace, which is a sign of overall comprehension. They are also able to utilize reading strategies to figure out words, but still need help understanding difficult text.
  • Fluent readers: These students are reading independently. The teacher's main focus with these readers is to make sure they are competent in using the reading strategies to deepen comprehension.

Online reading comprehension games from first grade readers to advanced readers

Online Games

These online games can be used on the computer or a mobile device. Adobe Flash Player capabilities are necessary for all of the games listed below.

    • Choose your grade level
    • Several different games to help build your reading strategies and skills
  • PrimaryGames
    • Word games, sentence games, other content area games
    • Free-time games
    • Games developed by an elementary school teacher
    • Build fundamental learning concepts in math, reading, spelling, language arts, and basic problem solving
  • Between the Lions and PBS
    • Stories and games
    • A website with links for kids ages 3-6, 6-10, 10+, and for teachers and parents
  • Funbrain
    • Reading games, math games, and free-time games

Google Play Apps

Apple Store Apps

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