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Harvard’s Bridge Program covers even more ground with FAS student tutors

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Alexandra Messiter ’08 (left) tutors staff member Sabrina Contreras in the Bridge Program. (Staff photo Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard News Office)

During the summer months, the Harvard University Bridge to Learning and Literacy Program – an education program for the University’s service workers – offers citizenship classes. But during the academic year, the Bridge’s efforts continue, with students working one-on-one with Faculty of Arts and Sciences tutors to prepare for their citizenship test. These tutors – like Alexandra Messiter ’08 (above left), working with staff member Sabrina Contreras – have become an indispensible feature of the preparation program. Recently, the Bridge Program gathered to recognize the efforts of these volunteers as well as to celebrate the accomplishment of 21 new U.S. citizens who participated in the program. Speakers included Carol Kolenik, Bridge Program director, and President Lawrence H. Summers, who warmly congratulated the new citizens and commended their tutors. – Staff reports