Norristown and Pottstown area elementary school students were treated to the annual Holiday Extravaganza at Ursinus College as part of the America Reads tutoring program Dec. 2 in Wismer Lower Lounge.
The event, coordinated by seniors Daria DePaul and Garrett Washington, brings together students from the Christian Network Outreach Church and Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos, Inc. after school programs and the 34 Ursinus students who tutor them Monday through Friday in Norristown and Pottstown. After enjoying dinner together, the students and their Ursinus mentors decorated stockings and Gingerbread people, made holiday ornaments and cards. The students received gifts that have been donated.
The mission of the America Reads tutoring program, directed by Paulette Patton, is to inspire young students to achieve through the example of their mentors. A college education may seem out of reach to many, but a goal of the program is that interaction with Ursinus students will motivate the young students and make their dreams seem more tangible. The visit to Ursinus also provides the group with the rare opportunity to experience the atmosphere of a college campus.
Transportation, food, and financial assistance were generously donated in order to make the event possible. The tutoring initiative between Ursinus, Norristown and Pottstown students is entering its 14th year