19 March 2015

America Reads 2014-2015 March Blog Prompt






ATTN: America Reads Tutors
“The Thayne Center envisions a world in which people’s basic needs are met and in which the values of equality and social justice are realized. We believe institutions of higher education have a responsibility to cultivate an engaged citizenry. We are therefore dedicated to empowering our students and faculty to realize they have the knowledge and skills to affect positive change in their community.”


“To this end, the mission of the Thayne Center is to establish capacity-building relationships with community organizations, facilitate service-learning development opportunities for faculty, and coordinate service leadership programs for students who are out to change the world. “


Read the Thayne Center’s Vision and Mission statements again. How do you as an America Reads tutor help to fulfill our vision and mission?

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  1. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to pursue higher education. As an American tutor I would like to give back to the community, in hopes that one day they will seek higher education as well. I hope to set an example for others showing that it is never too late to receive an education.

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    1. You're such an awesome example to those kids. I bet they love working with you. I remember hating school because of the environment fostered there. Just by being there, you are changing that up for them. You can provide that extra motivation to keep the kids in school so that if they do decide to get higher education, they won't be at a disadvantage. You're changing the community by being a role model passionate about college.
      Jeslicania

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    2. I think its great you want to give back to your community as well. This will definitely help you on your path in your own education, and give you that hands on experience that will develop the type of role model you choose to become.

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    3. Some days I feel like I may not be able to continue my education but then I look at the children I work with at Nibley Park and know that I can encourage them to seek a higher education by letting them know how important education is to me. I love your enthusiasm and encouragement I hear you share with your students. You ARE making a difference!!

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    4. You not only are an amazing example to the children that you are helping, you are also an amazing example to us other tutors as well. I had the opportunity to work with some of the children you work with and they absolutely love you!
      H.P.

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    5. You have such a great attitude and desire to give back to the community. I believe that you are going to give so much to the children you work with and they will remember you because you took the time to help them out in school with their education. I know I remember the tutors I had and the resource teachers I had in elementary school because they took the time to help me out.

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    6. You are such an amazing woman, I am so happy that I have gotten to know you and work with you. You are such a great example to everyone around you especially the students at Nibley. I see how hard you work in your classes and that determination and hard work is going to take you great places.

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  2. I tutor with the YMCA's after school program. It provides affordable childcare at the Community Family Center and free tutoring at the schools. The kids I tutor can't read as well as the rest. Their parents don't read with them; some of them literally can't read or don't have the time. Social justice can't be met if these kids that are struggling are provided extra help they need to be successful in their classrooms. I am serving the community by giving that reading time that will make a difference in these kid's academic success. I have a relationship with this nonprofit organization that gives me the opportunity to change these kid's lives. Each of these kids will grow up to be an affluent working class if we can facilitate their academic success. Whether a child can read or not is pivotal to whether they graduate or not. Their likelihood of going to College is increased by sitting down with them and reading with them. I also serve as a positive role model to them, being a college student myself. I gladly share with them my experiences here at Salt Lake Community College, what my drive is to succeed, and I encourage them to work hard enough to make it into college as well. I hope the seed I plant in these kids helps them get the vision that they can be whoever they want to be and do whatever they want to do.
    Jeslicania

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    1. You definitely have a positive attitude of helping those at the YMCA to succeed. Its important to understand the dynamics of these children, and yes many of them cannot read yet, or come from English as a second language home and our influence is all part of creating a good environment for them to learn, and helps the teachers as it can be stressful with preschoolers because they are wiggly!

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    2. Don't you just love the idea of making a difference in a child's life!!! 20 minutes a day of reading time with a child may determine if this child chooses to pursue a higher education. You have no idea how the seeds or caring and encouragement that you are planting today will change a child's life for good. I also share my experiences of being a student with my children. Their eyes get so big when I show them my textbooks and tell them that if they keep practicing someday they will be able to read books with LOTS of words!!

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  3. I feel that each of us has a responsibility to dedicate our time to helping those that are in our path. It could be a smile of encouragement, it could be assisting the teacher for his or her needs, it could be taking the time to listen and reason with a student who doesn't want to cooperate because they are just having a bad day. My influence could be small, but it is greater for me, because it is giving me knowledge and practice at becoming what I would like to do in my future with teaching. I think my personality within the America Reads program as a tutor will benefit children because I have concern and desire to help them when I am able. The vision I see is every minute counts, every activity, every word and every action, big or small. I know they look up to me as an adult, and my example is important.

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    1. I agree with you on how important it is to be a positive example in these children's lives. Smiles and words of encouragement are so important to them. No matter how small the act of kindness, we will reap great rewards as we encourage these children to go forth with hope and courage.

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    2. I like how you say your influence is small but in all reality it may be small to you but it is huge to the children you are helping. You are making a positive dent in their lives.
      H.P.

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    3. Our influence may be small now, but it could have a tremendous ripple effect in the future. We are affecting real change in the long term.
      AS

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    4. We a indeed an influence to the students that we tutor, and their future. I love how you say that every moment we spend with the children counts, because I also believe that to be true. We have to make sure that every minute and every word and moment we spend with them is used to help them become better in their education. But I also believe that our time with them is to also talk to them and ask them how they day was or how their weekend was. Things that focus on their interest also helps them to know that we care about them, and that we are there to help them. I believe also that even though our influence might be small now, it will be a great effect later on in their lives.

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  4. As an America Reads tutor I fulfill the Thayne Center’s vision by encouraging my young students to find joy in learning. I share with my students that I am also a student that I attend classes and am continuing to learn every day. Probably in about every class I have taken at SLCC or any other school, sometime during the semester we talk about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow believes that in order for a person to reach their greatest potential or self actualization their basic needs such as food, drink and shelter must be met first. Security, stability, friendship, love and self esteem are all necessary to reach the highest goals. As an America Reads tutor I may not be able to provide each of these needs to the children but I can be a part of helping them to build their self esteem and to reach for the stars. One of my favorite quotes says, “When you have a dream, don’t let anything dim it. Keep reaching, keep trying, the sky is the limit.” Yes, each of us can make a difference and create positive changes throughout our communities. I

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    1. You are such an awesome tutor, the kids love you! I really enjoyed the quote that you put at the end, except at times I feel like past the sky is the limit, because of how many more opportunities open up.
      H.P.

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    2. I loved reading growing up, and that is part of the reason why I have had academic success throughout my schooling. Instilling that in children is an extremely worthwhile endeavor.
      AS

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    3. You are amazing, and I love the quote that you used. It reminds me of a similar quote I see out on the Science Building at the SLCC Campus on Redwood Road. It says, "Look up, that's your limit." Small amount of words, but the effect of it is powerful. We are helping these children out in so many ways, and as they begin to grow their self esteem, this great quote will be a favorite of theirs too. Because they will know that they can do anything because a tutor like you (and us) took the time to help them better their education.

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    4. Leann, don't give up. I know we face totally different and difficult challenges as older students but I see in you such deep heart felt love for the students whom you work with. As we talked about the other day, the world needs more of YOU, so please don't give up. Even if you touch just a few lives it is SO much better than none. You might be teaching the next President or the kid that discovers a cure for cancer. Don't stop. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to know you and you are a wonderful human being. It has been so fun working with you.

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    5. AS I agree that many people I know grew up enjoying reading. However I was not one of those people. I read very slowly and when someone timed me on my reading I did not do well. So the stigma of reading is not what I do or like to do. As a parent I taught this skill to my son because I wanted him to enjoy and love reading. He still enjoys and likes reading to this day. Now he has three daughters to teach them the love of books and reading and another daughter on the way. So even as tutors if we do not like reading it is something we pass on to others and they need it to get through life with. Without it you cannot fill out applications for a job, etc.

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  5. Having the prestige title of "America Reads Tutor" shows that I am fulfilling the Thayne Center's vision. I am thankful to be a part of these young students lives to help them find there joy of learning, especially reading. I love to hear from them that they want to help kids, like what I am doing when they grow up and it blows there mind that I am doing this while I am still learning and in school myself. Not only does being an America Reads tutor benefit the children that I am helping, it is also benefiting me. It is showing me that there is hope for the world and that there are still decent people in the world. Once again I am so thankful to be apart of this program.
    H.P.

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    1. Us being students ourselves can set an example for the kids. Nicely said.
      AS

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    2. I agree that having an official label shows others why we are there and that we have made a commitment to help. It is much easier to anonymously or sporadically tutor as an individual, but it requires another level of commitment and effort to represent an organization and use my own efforts to show the value of it to the community. I have had this experience before as a leader in the BSA organization and I do not take either of these positions lightly. I am honored that I have been entrusted with a specific duty and purpose as an America Reads tutor. I strive to live up to the challenge!

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    3. Miss Hayley (yup, I just called out your name) haha. I love to hear you tutoring the kids, you are so good with them. You are such a great influence in their lives and I know you are going to be an asset in whatever career you choose.

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  6. We as tutors can have a tremendous impact on the future. It's a bit like the butterfly effect. We give the children tools that they will utilize throughout their lives. The resulting ripple effect will be passed on to future generations, not to mention the friends, colleagues, and potentially, constituents of our students. Knowledge is power, and we are empowering our students with the knowledge they need to change the world.
    AS

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    1. I heard a saying that goes like this:
      "When you teach a man you have helped one, When you teach a woman you have helped generations". I prefer relate it to what you have said, in that if you teach someone it is only helping them, until they remember that they received a service and kindness. In turn they choose to spread it to others by doing the same. The "paying it forward" concept.

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  7. With this vision in mind, I believe that the American Reads program allows us as tutors to become influences and have an impact on the children that we help out. Whether the influence and impact be big or small. I believe that every moment counts and that the time we take out of our days to help these children is precious to us but to them as well.
    As tutors, we are striving to help out these children so that they can continue their education and become great leaders in their futures. Whether that future is in their community or their careers (or both). The time we spend with them is very important and we as tutors do our very best to use every minute we can tutoring in our Community Partners.

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    1. Amen CD! I have seen the importance of consistent effort applied over time to help a child become "innoculated" against feeling hopeless and discourage in their education. I myself feel i would not be where I am today without the caring and concern of my parents and teachers for my success in school. Many hours of studying and finding help for my weak areas made me see I was smart and could be successful in what I worked at. So many parents (myself included) either don't have enough time or don't know how to help in a certain area. That is where others in the community can make a difference to reach a kid others might not have figured out how to help.

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  8. Being an America Reads Tutor is one of the best ways to effect our community. When we tutor struggling kids with reading we build their confidence, and help then succeed as students and individuals. hopefully they will attend college someday, the effects of what we do now will better shape our entire community.
    JS

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  9. I participate in the Thayne center's vision by learning how I can help students as an America Read's tutor and sharing it with others. I have seen the value of doing something for those in the community with the Work Study hours I can use somewhere. It would be more convenient to do a job within the college, but i saw that the Thayne Center would allow me to work with kids to improve their reading and language arts studies. I felt this would help me as a future teacher and kids who need reading help (just like my own son).
    I participate in the mission of the Thayne Center by increasing the capacity of the school i tutor at to help children that have literacy and ESL deficiencies and need more 1 on 1 and small group help. I have also been able to apply some of the service-learning and leadership skills we discuss in the Civically Engaged Scholars program to help my school. One way I did this was to apply for a grant to purchase more school supplies that the kids are always running out of and need to do their school work (glue, paper, markers, crayons, etc). It is nice to see that I can actually change things for the better, even if it is only in a limited way. Imagine what my effort duplicated and compounded through collaborating with other tutors and volunteers can become...that is what the Thayne Center is all about to me!

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    1. I agree with you chanel. They thayne center gives me opportunity to do work study and to become a CES (Civically Engaged Scholar). I have the opportunity to tutor one on one or even in groups. I also have opportunity to create programs to help out all children like a test program that tell how fast a child reads and how proficient they are reading. I got to have this experience today to test some children on the program I set up. There were some in 2nd grade that could actually read 5th or 6th grade level. Then there was one or tow that was in 2nd and 3rd grade that could not even read 1st grade level. We did have three children that could read above their grade level which was 5th grade and I encouraged them to challenge themselves and try harder books. then learn the vocabulary and read faster by practicing.

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  10. The Thayne Center's Vision and Mission reminds me of the SLCC Leadership camp I had the privilege of being a part of last summer. In one of the break out sessions there was a power point slide about giving and helping. The picture was of 3 boys peeking over a fence to watch a baseball game each of the boys had a box to stand on. The tallest boy didn't need one because he could see, the middle boy could almost see but not quite and the littlest boy could not see at all. The oldest boy gave his box to the smallest boy and the middle boy climbed on top of his and with that little gesture they were all able to enjoy the same thing. We may have something that we don't need or that we think couldn't help someone else, but you never know. Working as an America Reads tutor has shown me how beneficial that extra help in the classroom can be. Our teachers work hard and cannot accommodate every child's needs, what better way to give of ourselves than to contribute to the future?
    We set good examples for the students by showing them that we care when we show up every week to tutor and that we too are trying to better our lives by being in school after it is no longer required. I know that that America Reads makes a difference and I am so happy to have been part of it.
    I am graduating in May and I am so very sad and heartbroken to be leaving. I know this move brings me closer to my goal. The inclusion, love and connectedness I have felt at SLCC especially with Lynn and the other tutors has enriched my life in a way I will never forget. I am going to miss you all so much. I am over here crying so I will stop typing now.
    Thank you so much ... for everything.

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    1. I feel like becoming an america reads tutor has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I know I'm making such a big difference in some of these kids lives, but they are making such a big difference in mine as well. Since coming here I've felt such an atmosphere of love, kindness, and care and words can't describe how appreciative of that I am. Good luck with everything. -B.F

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  11. As an American Reads tutor I help fulfill the vision and mission by setting a good example to these children. I am a grown up for them who is still going to school just like they are. I usually always remind them the importance of going to school and how fun it is. I want these children to always remember that school is cool! By being part of this team, it has shown be the true importance on being a leader. I'm out to change the world, and by being part of America Reads this will be a step closer. We make these students feel like they are just like any other kid. Being tutored shouldn’t be viewed as someone who is different and needs help. This is shown to be something rewarding. I am proud to say that I have the knowledge and skills to affect positive change in the community. It's a feeling that I have no way of expressing, I just feel so blessed to be able to be a part of these children's life. I hope when they are older they will remember me! Because I will remember them. This has been such a wonderful experience. Thank you for letting me be part of this! <3

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    1. I too am glad that I am going to school at the same time while I'm tutoring them. I get to tell them that I'm in college and I'm learning so much because of it and I can see the difference in how they view education. I know if I can improve their outlook on education they will be able to improve their own lives and the lives of people around them greatly. -B.F

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  12. By coming to school and applying for work study, I was given the opportunity to help other out by tutoring. This enables them to become leaders and good productive people and maybe business leaders. I know that through education that nothing else can do more for people than being educated. There are many different ways of education. In this world what seems to count is a formal College Education. If you graduate only with a diploma then your chance of keeping a job is not good anymore. However if it comes down to who gets kept in a company or who gets hired it will be the one with a college degree. It does not matter what we do but a college education is the only way to get better pay and shows better success in this life. I only know this from some personal experience. It cam down to me and another girl being kept on at a company. They kept her because she had a degree in College. Again it does not matter what your degree it but does matter that you completed college. This tells a company that you can accomplish anything they give you. This is why it is so important to tutor these little one and to teach them through tutoring that education is so much important and they need to do all they can to get an education and get help if they need it.

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    1. I agree that higher education will improve one's economic status. It's weird to think that years ago one could have a highs school education and support a family. Now it is more likely a bachelors degree that may support a family. Education is a powerful tool for economic and social change.

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  13. As an America Reads tutor, I am a part of a good cause that will impact the children’s lives. We are the examples for the kids and for the community. We teach the kids and the community how important education is. We are creating opportunities for change the kids their perspectives, in which will give them the opportunities to pass on the change to the future generations. We are passing our knowledge and skills to these kids, so they can use these tools to change their lives and possibly changing the world into a better place.
    -sy

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    1. I agree with you. We're part of a good cause that is helping those students that are in our lives. Furthermore, educating students on the importance of education is something that all America Reads tutors should be proud of.

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  14. The Thayne Center is such an amazing place at SLCC. I was dumbfounded with all of the amazing aspects and goals that the Thayne center has. I admire everyone at the Thayne Center. When had the privilege to become an American Reads tutor I was thrilled. I find that what the Thayne Center values, I do as well. Being a part of the community and bringing the change that we see fit is an amazing opportunity. Moreover, being able to share what I have learned from the Thayne Center, Sean Crossland's class, and Lynne's groups with the students is truly fantastic. I think we need to show our leadership skills to those around us. It's almost is contagious. I know that I follow the examples of Sean and Lynne. I know that this work will continue. I know that America Reads tutors are making positive changes in students lives. I think that passing this down generations is what is needed in our community and in communities around the world. I'm just glad that I'm doing my part with the help of the Thayne Center.

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    1. I love how you used the word contagious. I can definitely feel the ripple effect of everything we do that involves the thayne center. Being part of the thayne center is more then just tutoring kids, it's about strengthening each other and helping the community. -B.F

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  15. I took a very different education route then most and because of that I never really thought I would make it to college. But now that I'm here I can't believe how getting higher education has made such a big difference in my life already. Knowing this I want to inspire the kids I tutor to do the same because I know it will improve their lives and the community. I can feel the Thayne Center's vision with everything we do. I think that one of the greatest things I've learned working there is how to find the resources I need. Knowing something as simple as that can help the entire community as a whole because I can share that with other people. I'm honored to be part of the Thayne Center and I hope I can fulfill it's vision as best as I can. -B.F

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