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America Reads & America Counts

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."

-Mark Van Doren




The America Reads and Counts was initiated in 1997 under the presidential rule of Bill Clinton.  It is a nationwide objective to get children in our school systems to read independently and fluently by the end of elementary school.  With the success of the America Reads program, the America Counts program was launched in 1999 with the initiative to improve students' mathematical skills.

Our America Reads & Counts programs at SUNY Geneseo have been serving the local community since 2000.  Through this program, we send college tutors to work in local elementary schools.  We currently partner with the following school districts in Livingston County:  Geneseo Central, Avon Central, Livonia Central, Dansville Central, Keshequa Central.  

This year due to the pandemic we are adopting a hybrid approach to tutoring with some schools inviting tutors into buildings and classrooms, and others opting for remote engagement. 

The program is coordinated through the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement at SUNY Geneseo.

Contact co-coordinators Brianna McConnell and Sydney Bosworth at or Garth Freeman, director of student volunteerism and community engagement at or call (585) 245-5893 with any questions.