America Reads of UNI, a work study program, provides after school tutoring for local schools in the community. In the 2015-2016 school year, America Reads is partnered with Lincoln Elementary School in Cedar Falls to offer an afterschool program called Paw Pride.
The Panthers of UNI and the Tigers of Lincoln Elementary get together twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to engage in literacy activities.
Each America Reads session runs for 60 minutes with Panther tutors working one to one or in small groups with students in grades 2 through 6. During the first 30 minutes, tutors provide assistance with homework. The remainder of their time together is spent enhancing literacy skills through a book club.
Some examples of the activities provided during book club include readers theatre, interactive read alouds, and crafts activities related to books the children and tutors are reading together.