Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

America Reads

About America Reads

America Reads is a reading tutoring program for first and second grade students. University of Maryland mentors work one-on-one with students twice a week, providing extra instruction and support in reading and writing. All mentors receive extensive training in Reading Recovery and general tutoring methods.

America Reads runs Monday through Friday, from approximately 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Mentors are required to work two days per week. 

Program Goals

  • Engage children in enjoyable experiences with literature, reading, writing, and listening.
  • Help children feel successful by providing positive feedback and support.
  • Model how reading and writing are pleasurable and important activities.
  • To develop a sense of the importance of community involvement in University of Maryland students.



Participating elementary school students will: 

  • Develop a positive attitude about reading and increase motivation to read
  • Receive one-on-one attention
  • Improve reading fluency, reading comprehension, and decoding skills
  • Increase use of strategies while reading
  • Increase sight word vocabulary
  • Improve spelling of high frequency words and use of spelling patterns in unknown words

How Students are Selected for America Reads 

Teachers and reading specialists at each of our partner schools identify specific first and second grade students who would most benefit from participation in our program. Students participate on a semester basis.

Partner Schools

  • Adelphi Elementary School
  • Beacon Heights Elementary School
  • Calverton Elementary School
  • Cool Spring Elementary School
  • Lewisdale Elementary School
  • Mary Harris “Mother” Jones Elementary School
  • Mt. Rainier Elementary School
  • Ridgecrest Elementary School
  • Springhill Lake Elementary School
  • Thomas Stone Elementary School

Maryland Reads Day

Each year, nearly 450 PGC elementary school students visit the University of Maryland campus to celebrate their achievements and learn more about college. 

A book is selected as the theme of the day and students engage in literacy and creative activities that reflect the content or message of the book. Past books have included Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, and Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. 

More than 300 campus members volunteer each year to help make this event a success!