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More than Reading

By Richard Hayes, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Back in August, I knew why I was serving. Well, I was pretty sure. I was confident that helping children learn how to read is an effective use of time. I knew that via the nature of this work, I could learn, grow, and ultimately better myself as […]

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Confidence, Earned

By Illan Kunik, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor One of the things that I am most frequently asked about regarding my experience as a Literacy First tutor is simple: what is my favorite part of working with the kids? Such a simple question can be one of the most difficult things to answer. For starters, there […]

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Serving Together, Apart

By Daisy Martinez, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor What an interesting service year this has turned out to be. I didn’t expect half of my second semester to be full of virtual meetings, but then again, no one really did. As much as I want to be with my kiddos, I think this is an interesting […]

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Finding a Voice Through Reading

By Kylee Pearl, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor There are some things you can never be prepared for when it comes to teaching. Although there are many lessons you learn while tutoring, one lesson that has, somewhat unexpectedly, impacted me the most is the relationships I have made with my students.  Every kid is different. You […]

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A Letter to My Students

By Amanda Woodle, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Dear Students, I am sorry I could not tell you this in person, and I am so sad that we had to say goodbye sooner than expected. But more importantly, I am so proud of all of the hard work you have put in and all that you […]

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Children are Happiness

By Diana Cabrera, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor An intruding sound interrupts my dreams.It’s my alarm clock.It’s 5:15 in the morning.Time to get dressed Pack my lunchAnd catch the busBut all I want to do is sleep. I hear the crunching of the leaves And the splashing of puddlesUnder my feetAs I walk with my eyes half-open, half-closedUnder […]

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11 Students

By Madison Hess, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor I wish I would have known that Thursday that I would potentially never see you again. It is true I have taken for granted the smiles, the laughs, and the passion in your eyes. Eleven students who have found a place in my heart, are going through the […]

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Zooming into a New Role

By Brittany Barcliff, 2018-2019, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor As all of Literacy First knows, life has been different lately. Our 7:30 a.m. morning rituals with our team of tutors have shifted to quiet home-bound Zoom meetings. The boisterous noise of students, each working their way through a new story or skill has hushed to the […]

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Mourning the Meaning

By Rachel Clink, 2018-2020 Literacy First Tutor When I went to work on March 12th, I had no idea that it would be my last day at Ortega Elementary. I knew it would be my last day at work before spring break as I had the next day off to spend with family. That last […]

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What National Service Means to Me

By Josi Carder, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor AmeriCorps has forever shifted my perception on work. In high school and college, you learn that the virtues of the workforce inculcate a sense that hard work is to be a direct exchange of monetary value. We work so that we can make enough money to live a […]

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