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Welcome to the America Counts & Reads portal, part of the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center

America Counts and Reads is a tutoring program that recruits, hires and trains CMU students to serve as paid reading and math tutors in elementary school classrooms around the mid-Michigan area.

Please visit the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center portal for more information by clicking on this link.  

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Portal Information


America Counts & Reads is a federally funded tutoring program administered by the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center at Central Michigan University. The program focuses on improving children's reading skills, math skills, and confidence, as well as encouraging children to become life-long learners. Each year hundreds of children in the community receive both one-on-one and small group tutoring through CMU's America Counts & Reads Program.

Our mission is to:
Improve children's reading skills
Improve children's numeracy skills
Get children excited about reading and math
Promote literacy awareness on campus and in the community
Give CMU students the opportunity to tutor and mentor children

America Counts & Reads Tutors are CMU students who have a love for working with children and a passion for teaching. Tutors work 5-10 hours per week, helping kindergarten-5th grade students. Since tutoring positions through ACR are paid positions, both professionalism and reliability from the tutors are required. All tutors must go through training and complete a successful background check prior to being in the schools.