Mount Mercy students take part in America Reads Challenge

Fifteen Mount Mercy freshmen in Dr. Norma Linda Mattingly’s portal class, Immigrants and Literacy, visited Taylor Elementary School in Cedar Rapids on Oct.17 to read storybooks to children in preschool through fourth grade.

They volunteered during Mount Mercy’s Fall Break to participate in the America Reads Challenge, a national initiative to improve the reading skills of elementary-age children. The challenge has been going strong across the country since 1996.

"This was a great opportunity for our freshman to serve by promoting the importance of literacy to young children," explained Dr. Mattingly.

Social work major Kedisha Satahoo was happy to see the positive impacts created from sharing a little bit of her time. "The children really loved listening to the stories and after a while they joined me in reading the repeated phrases in the book, ‘We're Going on a Bear Hunt’,” she said.

Elementary education major Marisa Kaufman received a high compliment from the small listeners, ‘You're the best reader we've had all day!’

America Reads offered an opportunity for students to give back to the community while receiving a great gift: the thankfulness of young learners.

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