Summary: FWS and Community Service
Author: OPE - Office of the Assistant Secretary for OPE
This is the sixth of our periodic updates about Federal Work-Study (FWS) allocations
for 1997-98, the America Reads Challenge, and community service.
As your students arrive for fall semester, we encourage you to share with them the
exciting opportunities in FWS and community service. I am very pleased with the
information you have shared with us and your colleagues regarding efforts to employ
FWS students in community service and tutoring jobs.
SFAP will continue its efforts to provide technical assistance, as we have over the past
few months. To date, we have provided you with a series of 5 BBS messages; "Dear
Colleague" question and answer letters CB-97-5 and CB-97-12, among others;
America Reads Challenge sessions at NASFAA and other regional student assistance
conferences; and the "Expanding Federal Work-Study and Community Service
Opportunities" guide. (Additional copies of the guide are available by calling
1-800-4FEDAID.) I trust these efforts have been helpful to you as you planned FWS
opportunities for your students in 1997-98.
For additional technical assistance, you may want to subscribe to the America Reads
Listserv by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the message
"subscribe americareads-digest". The America Reads Listserv is a no-cost forum for
interested parties to discuss questions and best practices regarding America Reads
We also would like to clarify an issue about which many of you have asked. To join
the America Reads Challenge, you do not need to commit 50 percent of your 1997-98
FWS increase to reading tutors. Institutions that wish to sign onto the Challenge are
asked only to voluntarily commit an increased number of FWS students as reading
tutors. To sign onto the Challenge, please submit the America Reads response form
that can be found in a number of our mailings this year, as well as on the web at:
Your institution can sign onto the America Reads Challenge if it has even one
additional FWS student tutoring a preschool age or elementary school student in
reading. Institutions that use at least 50 percent of their 1997-98 FWS increase for
reading tutors will be listed on the America Reads Honor Roll. Over 680 institutions
already have signed onto the America Reads Challenge thus far, and we hope you will
join with them.
Thank you again for your enthusiastic response to the Department's initiative to involve
more FWS students in community service.
Elizabeth M. Hicks