America Reads-Mississippi AmeriCorps Member is Impacting Children Nationwide by Thinking, Acting Locally

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Children nationwide will benefit from the September 2006 America Learns National Strategy of the Month.

America Learns announced today that a tutoring strategy created by America Reads – Mississippi member Sherry Martin has been named September’s National Strategy of the Month. Throughout September, Sherry’s strategy will be available for free to thousands of teachers, tutors, mentors and parents nationwide through the America Learns website and monthly e-newsletter.

Sherry created her strategy after finding that some of her students were failing to recognize the letters of the alphabet through traditional teaching techniques. Her strategy, called “Nice to Meet you, Mr./Ms. Letter,” engages preschool and Kindergarten students in a group activity that gets the kids up and moving while making the lesson feel more like a game than a learning activity.

“Sherry is an incredible tutor,” said Dr. Helen J. Wyatt, Regional Director, Alcorn State University America Reads-Mississippi region. “She tries different approaches to meet the needs of the students she tutors. Her enthusiasm rubs off on her students. Sherry will make a great teacher one day because she really cares about her students and their learning.”

“The AmeriCorps members we have the opportunity to serve nationwide continue to wow and inspire us daily,” said Gary Kosman, Founder and CEO, America Learns. “Sherry’s dedication to thinking and acting locally is now helping students we reach nationwide develop the knowledge and skills needed for reading success.”

Sherry’s strategy may be accessed for the remainder of September at http://americalearns.net/strategy.htm, and will be permanently available to all America Learns Network members.

About America Learns, LLC (America Learns):

America Learns is the leader in helping nonprofit reading tutoring and mentoring programs provide superior support to their students, tutors, mentors and staff. America Learns’ primary service is the National Performance Measurement & Support Network (the “Network”), an easy to use, cost effective Web-based service that helps organizations streamline their reporting and evaluation efforts, build institutional memory, and provide personalized lesson planning and interpersonal skills support to tutors and mentors. In 2003, Echoing Green, the social venture capital organization that financially backed organizations including Jumpstart, City Year, Teach for America, College Summit and Citizen Schools, awarded two years of seed funding to America Learns out of an applicant pool of nearly 1,000 applicants worldwide. Additional information is available by calling 310-689-0542 or visiting http://www.americalearns.net.

About America Reads - Mississippi

Established in 1998, America Reads - Mississippi (ARM) is an AmeriCorps program administered through the Academic Affairs Office of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. It is the largest AmeriCorps program in the state and one of the largest in the country. ARM currently has 270 AmeriCorps members serving more than 5,000 students in 59 schools across the state daily. ARM is administered locally by its four university partners: Alcorn State University (ASU), Delta State University (DSU), Jackson State University (JSU), and Mississippi State University (MSU). Other major partners include the Barksdale Reading Institute, Head Start, the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and the Mississippi Red Cross. Additional information is available by calling 601-927-5443 or visiting http://www.americareadsms.org.

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