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America Reads & America Counts

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

-Mark Van Doren

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.  

We are making plans for the fall that take into consideration the dynamic COVID-19 and Delta variant situation. We are hopeful that tutors will be welcomed into school building but may also employ some virtual strategies to support as many young students as possible. 

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

Complete this interest form to receive updates from the student leadership team.

Contact co-coordinators Yasmin Khilji-Neal and Rachel Butchen at or Garth Freeman, director of student volunteerism and community engagement at or call (585) 245-5893 with any questions.