REACH stands for Raising Education Attainment Challenge. The REACH Program at the Cornell Public Service Center is a student initiative consisting of Team Leaders, America Reads/Counts Challenge tutors (ARCC), and volunteer tutors committed to supporting community organizations and schools serving children’s academic and social needs.

The purpose of the program is to recruit and mobilize a diverse, talented group of tutors so that they may have the necessary resources, peer support, and leadership to assist in the enhancement of academic achievement of children and youth in grades pre-K-12th.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Hello tutors!

The REACH board would like to thank you for all your efforts this semester. The work you do is incredible, and the difference you make is enormous. REACH tutors have collectively contributed over 7,000 hours of service to the youth in Ithaca and the surrounding areas this semester. That's over 9 non-stop months of service! Congratulations!

Good luck on your finals and have a wonderful holiday season!

~ The REACH Board

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tutor Development Session - Dr. John Sipple

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

GIAC and the Kids! - Tara

Hey guys! I’m a new GIAC tutor and I just want to say how great the experience is. I’ve tutored kids before in Africa and it’s so funny to see how kids from all over the world act pretty much exactly the same. They are all so social and ready to run around and make you cakes out of the playground bark. This leads me to one of my favorite memory at GIAC so far.

After tutoring some of the kids, we all went outside to play on the playground. I was with a group of girls who were playing house. They served me a huge dinner complete with bark cakes, bark fried chicken, and invisible juice. The kids at GIAC are amazing and are so fun to work with. It’s a great feeling when you can brighten a child’s day by helping them solve a math problem or running around in the gym playing capture the flag. Tutoring at GIAC is definitely a great experience, and it is a great way to get away from the Cornell Campus and interact with amazing kids.

Peace and Love,


Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

H1N1 UPDATE #4- Ben Ortiz


I just received official word that the Ithaca City School District has completely lifted the moratorium on CU volunteers!!

So, with 2 small exceptions, all REACH tutors are cleared to continue (or start) tutoring at this point.

The exceptions are volunteers at Northeast Kids Count, who are not yet allowed to visit, and the Community Nursery School, who we are going to check up on by next week.

Progress is good.

-Ben Ortiz (