A Partnership that is Beneficial for both Worcester State and Tatnuck Magnet School

The after school program is a partnership between Worcester State University and Tatnuck Magnet School. We are committed to building a better community, engaging and preparing our students to be exceptional citizens while serving their community. Worcester State University’s motto is “Change the way the world works”, our goal is for our students to take on this challenge and achieve beyond their highest expectation.

The after school program is a preparedness program, established to support 40 3rd & 4th graders that are in need of additional support with their school work.  Furthermore, to foster civic engagement among Worcester State students while bridging the education gap for low-income 3rd  & 4th graders at Tatnuck. Many of the students are not reading at grade level; hence the literacy component is crucial. The after school program was established as a result of the summer AmeriCorps*VISTA leadership survey. Although Worcester State students’ needs were being met, those of the elementary students were not; thus, the survey disclosed the need of an after school program. As a result, the director of the center for service learning and civic engagement formulated a small program with the community leadership group. After running for a semester, the director deemed the program would successfully operate with the help of a VISTA, thus my position was created.

As a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA, I support 20 Worcester State student volunteers, leverage available resources given by the two institutions and serve as an onsite coordinator. Additionally, I create mini lesson plans and activities that serve as supplemental work for the elementary students. These supplemental activities are put in place to help them improve their reading levels. Under my leadership, the after school program’s structure has changed to be a more academic based program. With that said, I am excited to see if our work produces progressive results.

Rose Mathieu

MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA

Worcester State University

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