Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Doris Hiatt Mentoring Program Grows in Second Year

We are extremely grateful to the Hiatt family for funding the second year of the Doris Hiatt Mentoring Program.

Named in memory of devoted literacy advocate Doris Hiatt, this innovative mentoring program brings together children from low-income backgrounds and college student reading mentors to read books and discuss them online in a specially designed forum. The students not only receive positive feedback and academic support, but also much-needed role models.

In its first year the program focused on schools in Boston and Chicopee, MA. Our second year has added additional schools in Springfield, MA, and Arizona and Alabama.

Each school picks the titles they want their students to read, matching the books to their curriculum and students' interests. Popular books among the students include: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Bud, Not Buddy, The Sisters Grimm, and The Outsiders.

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