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April 11, 2016

Professor inspires college-bound kids

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Kimberly Griffin-Haynes, volunteer reading partner in Washington, DC

I live in North East Washington, DC and I’m a professor at the University of Maryland, and my area of study focuses on access and equity issues in higher education. When I moved back to the DC area I really wanted to be involved in service, and I wanted to do something that was related to what I do but not exactly what I do. Whenever I tutor children, I’m always reminded of how important it is for students to feel really comfortable for reading; it’s the building block for everything that comes after that.

Whether a kid gets into college isn’t only decided senior year of high school, it’s also decided in fifth grade.

So the opportunity to talk to kids about where I went to college, and about college campuses, and making sure that they feel really confident in their skills is important to me.

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