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Upward Bound Students Volunteer Reading at the Library (February 12, 2009)

High school students of the Northern Marianas College’s Upward Bound Program (UBP) volunteered their time this past Saturday to read selected books to children ages ten years and under at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s Saturday Reading Program. UBP students also engaged in other activities with the children, such as coloring and playing educational games.

“I certainly enjoyed the time we spent with the children, especially the look on their faces as we read to them,” said UBP student Czarina Jucutan. “I look forward to doing this again.”

The volunteer reading, which is one aspect of the community services in which Upward Bound students are encouraged to give back to the community, is part of the program's TRiO month celebration for the month of February. In addition to reading stories to elementary students, UBP students also attended seminars, participated in recreational activities, and took part in career exploration activities.

“This is a wonderful experience for the volunteer readers, especially those aspiring to become teachers and give back to the community,” said Upward Bound Director Marian Tudela. “I am sure that the students will continue to look back at this fulfilling experience and mirror it in every action they take.”

The program, which offers its services to public high school students, is dedicated to its mission to guide students to success in secondary education, as well as encouraging students to enroll and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

There are 120 students currently enrolled in the program. Applications will be available from May through September 2009. For more information about the Upward Bound Program, please call Marian Tudela at 234-5498 ext. 1278, e-mail [email protected], or log on to

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