Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Bailey Gatzert Reading Program

  • Bailey Gatzert Tutor
     For the second year in a row, Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) is providing books about environmental justice and sustainability to an after-school reading program at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. Twenty fourth and fifth graders participate in the reading program, which now includes an emphasis on being “green,” starting from a young age. CEJS donated the following books: Earth Matters; Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet; Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle; Not Your Typical Book about the Environment; S is for Save the Planet: A How-to-Be Green Alphabet; and The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

    Prior to reading the books, the students will take a quiz to assess their knowledge about environmental justice and sustainability. Mrs. Barbara B. Dixon, the reading program coordinator, will dedicate at least one session per month to reading the donated books. During each session, ten students from Seattle University will assist the fourth and fifth graders in reading comprehension. For information regarding volunteer opportunities with the environmental justice and sustainability reading program, visit the Seattle University Youth Initiative K-12 Programs webpage. At the end of the reading program and academic year, the students will take the same quiz in hopes of improving their initial scores and, thus, their knowledge about how to be “green.” Finally, the fourth and fifth graders will take a field trip to the Bullitt Center in the spring to culminate the program.