2014 Paris Reading and Writing Program Success!
The Paris Reading and Writing program was a huge success this year, thanks to our great volunteers and support from the University of Colorado President's Diversity Fund! On our busiest days, we had up to 50 Paris students attend the reading program and 40 at the writing program. Volunteers from our campus spent 3 Saturdays reading with the students (books included The Day My Butt Went Psycho, the BFG, Happy Birthday Bad Kitty, and The Notebook of Doom). We followed up the books with an opportunity for the students to write their own stories, incorporating topics like character development and brainstorming into their process with the help of volunteers. We hope to keep the program going next year and look forward to continuing our relationship with neighboring Paris Elementary.
Paris Elementary/University Partnership
In order to connect with our surrounding Aurora schools, AMC Student Senate has developed a partnership with Paris Elementary School. Volunteers from all University programs are needed on an ongoing basis for the following programs:
Saturday Sports Club
Every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9 am-12 pm, volunteers are needed to play different sports with ~ 80-90 Paris Elementary school students. Each Saturday there will be a different sport theme and volunteers will help instruct students on rules of the game. This activity is for those volunteers who love to engage in physical activity and have fun with children!
and Creative Writing Club
This is a newly formed program, started by AMC Student Senate in January 2013, sponsored by a grant from the
President’s Fund for the Support of Student Diversity. University students from all
backgrounds and programs work with kids to advance the
academic involvement and mentorship of students at Paris Elementary. Paris students
participate in reading groups and also write their own creative stories that
are bound and distributed to each student at the completion of the program.
Certificate Program – A partnership with The Office of Inclusion and Outreach
creating a certificate weekend program for excellence in diversity. This
initiative was spearheaded as an idea in 2012 and work is still in progress to
create a speaker and topic list. Implementation of the
program in 2014 will be a great addition to the campus community.