America Reads of UNI, a work study program, provides after school tutoring for local schools in the community. In this 2012-2013 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 55 minutes with Panther tutors working one to one or in small groups with students in grades 2 through 6. During the first 25 minutes, tutors provide assistance with homework. The remainder of their time together is spent enhancing literacy skills.
Some examples of the activities provided include book clubs, reader, theatre, interactive read alouds, and crafts activities related to books the children and tutors are reading together.