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1110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742



Mission Statement

The mission of America Reads*America Counts (AR*AC), a partnership between the University of Maryland and Prince George's County Public Schools, is to provide a high quality mentoring program that enriches learning opportunities for both college and elementary school students.

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Become a Mentor - Spring 2016 Applications Now Open! 

Interested in becoming an America Reads, America Counts, or Partners in Print mentor for Spring 2016? Complete your application here! Applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. 

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Statistics and Important Numbers

During the 2013 – 2014 school year, 338 AR*AC mentors:

  • Spent 1,225 hours in elementary schools each week 
  • Partnered with 19 Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) 
  • Helped 46.6 percent of their first and second grade mentees increase reading ability by at least three book levels
  • Helped 54 percent of their fourth grade mentees increase math scores by at least 20 percent 
  • Impacted more than 3,920 PGCPS students and parents


BJ's Charitable Foundation sponsors America Reads*America Counts.The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a sponsor of America Reads*America Counts.The Walton Community Fund sponsors America Reads*America Counts.The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region sponsors America Reads*America Counts.Noodles and Company is a sponsor of America Reads*America Counts.Target sponsors America Reads*America Counts.The National Home Library Foundation Sponsors America Reads*America Counts.