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America Counts and Reads (ACR) is a federally funded tutoring program administered by the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. The program focuses on improving children's reading and math skills.  

Tutors build the confidence of the children by encouraging to become life-long readers and learners. Each year over 300 kindergarten through fifth grade students in the community receive one-on-one tutoring through CMU's America Counts and Reads Program.

Our Mission

  • Improve children's reading skills
  • Increase student comprehension and ability to solve mathematics
  • Improve student’s attitude toward mathematics and reading through a supportive and positive mentoring relationship with their tutor.
  • Get children excited about math and reading
  • Promote literacy mathematics awareness on campus and in the community
  • Give CMU students the opportunity to be a teacher and mentor to children

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America Counts and Reads Tutors are CMU students who have a love for working with children and a passion for teaching. Tutors work with each child for at least one hour per week, and tutor between 1 and 5 students.  Tutors use a strategy called paired reading when working with the children. Tutors must go through a criminal background check and extensive training before working with children. Due to the expectations and training required, tutors are paid by the hour thanks to the generous support of donors/sponsors .

If are you would like to apply to be a tutor, visit the Engage Central portal. If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Center by emailing us at, call (989) 774 7685, or stop into University Center 106.