Community Outreach & Leadership Development

America Reads/America Counts Tutoring Program

The America Reads/America Counts Challenge started as a national initiative whose goal was for every child to be able to read and perform mathematics by a certain milestone.  The purpose of the initiative was to bring community partners together to work towards this goal.  Drury University, along with its students, the areas' Title 1 schools, community agencies and the initiative of the America Reads/America Counts Challenge, developed a partnership to ensure that every child in our community reads well and understands mathematical functions through organized tutoring.

Tutors are hired at the beginning of the school year, or as needed throughout the school year.  Tutors must be eligible to receive work study grants and must go through the application process.

Tutors are placed at local sites.  They work in classrooms at local schools assisting the students with school work or activities, or they work in nearby after-school agencies assisting the students with homework, playing educational games with the students or simply holding conversations with the students to help build literacy skills.  Tutors develop their work schedules based on their personal needs and the needs of the tutoring sites.  Tutors report to the Volunteer Services Coordinator at Drury and also their site supervisors at their tutoring site.  Positions can be for one semester only or both semesters.

Possible tutoring sites include:

  • Boyd Elementary School
  • Pipkin Middle School
  • Study Alternative School
  • Robberson Elementary School
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield (Musgrave Unit, Henderson Unit or Stalnaker Unit)
  • Culture Club at Central Christian Church
  • Fulbright Springs Tutoring Program

If you are interested in learning more please contact Courtney Swan, the Director of Community Outreach & Leadership Development, at 417-873-7809 or stop by FSC 117.

If you do not have a work study award but would still like to participate in the America Reads/America Counts tutoring program you must do so on a volunteer basis.  Please contact Emily Journagan at, stop by FSC 117 or call 873-7809.