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Tuscaloosa Academic Enrichment Program

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The Tuscaloosa Academic Enrichment Program (TAEP) is a three-week summer enrichment program held on the campus of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Our mission is to provide high-quality academic and cultural learning experiences for 9th and 10th grade students. While we focus on reading, technological literacy, critical thinking skills, cultural enrichment, and service learning, the core of TAEP is reading! Many students cannot afford to purchase the novels they are required to read over the summer. TAEP buys their books and brings them to the university where they receive one-on-one instruction by college of education students.

Students are nominated by teachers, apply, and then are selected to participate. Teacher education students serve as volunteer teachers and receive service learning credit for participation. Volunteer teachers from the university guide students through books required for their summer reading, scaffolding learning opportunities and providing intimate discussions of the texts to student participants with a group of their peers. Afternoon enrichment activities consist of hands-on recreational exercises that involve participants in the arts and sciences while also emphasizing the importance of civic engagement. Some past afternoon activities have included: a presentation by collegiate athletes, a college interest day, a tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, and art and dance lessons provided by University of Alabama faculty. Students also have an opportunity to take a field trip to the local Barnes & Noble with $20 gift cards to continue the cycle of literacy. At the culmination of the project, students and volunteer teachers participate in a day of service-learning at the students’ school, followed by a celebratory picnic.

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