OSWEGO, NY – AmeriCorps members experience the tremendous reward that comes from helping others. They gain skills while receiving a modest living allowance and earning an education award to help pay for college, grad school or pay back qualified student loans.
Denecia George is an Oswego AmeriCorps member who served at the Oswego Bookmobile this past summer.
She has just recently completed her first term of service with AmeriCorps and is looking forward to starting a second term.
This past summer she was responsible for recruiting and organizing the Bookmobile volunteer staff.
Her duties did not end there.
Denecia and bookmobile staff helped many Oswego County youth find reading materials that encouraged and intrigued many of the children.
The Oswego Bookmobile was founded in 2011 to combat an alarming trend. Testing indicates that economically disadvantaged children in the Oswego City School District are significantly less proficient in reading than their more affluent peers.
By eighth grade, there is a 40% gap between the percentage of economically disadvantaged children who are proficient in reading and the percentage of their peers who are proficient.
This is reportedly due, in large part, to having limited access to books at their reading level in their homes and in their neighborhoods during summer months.
This trend is commonly referred to as the “summer reading slide” and has a significant, long-term impact on the academic success of children, according to the Oswego Bookmobile website.
The Oswego Bookmobile is currently in the process of trying to raise funds to buy a new vehicle. If you are interested in donating or finding out more about the bookmobile, visit oswegobookmobile.com