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Northfield Reads and Counts

THE CHALLENGE: In 1994, 70% of fourth graders in the United States failed to achieve the basic level of proficiency in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

OUR RESPONSE: The Northfield Reads and Counts Tutoring Program


Northfield Reads and Counts is a local implementation of two national educational initiatives (America Reads and America Counts) seeking to involve community members in helping children develop critical reading and mathematics skills.

We work to connect the expertise, energy and resources of Carleton and St. Olaf College students with Northfield Public Schools students who need extra support and assistance to be successful in the classroom. Tutors work to both provide homework help and build relationships with students.

Tutors are expected to commit to a weekly tutoring schedule at one or more of the Northfield Public Schools. Tutors can work in classrooms with individuals or with small groups, in study halls, or in after-school programs providing one-on-one homework help. Tutors work with students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.

Students eligible for Federal Work-Study qualify to earn a portion of their work award through work as a Northfield Reads and Counts Tutor.