Scott Ruescher of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) was honored by the Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) with its annual Mack Davis Award on May 13. Ruescher is the program coordinator for the Arts in Education Program at HGSE. He was one of six volunteers to receive this award.
The award, named for the late Mack I. Davis II, former CSV board member and Harvard administrator with a strong record of public service, recognizes the extraordinary commitment shown by volunteers.
Ruescher was one of the first to enroll as a volunteer in HGSE’s Reading Buddies Program in 2001. Since then, he has logged hundreds of hours in the read-aloud program at Amigos School in Cambridge. Ruescher also volunteers as a substitute in the Spanish-language Buddies program, Lectores y Amiguitos.
“Scott delights in the relationships he forms with his reading buddies in the Cambridge Public Schools,” said Steve Seidel, Patricia Bauman Arts in Education Professor at HGSE. “I don’t think he’s ever missed a session, and [he] always comes back in a great mood.”
Ruescher, a poet, uses the magical interplay of language to engage his reading buddies. Puddinghouse Publications will publish his chapbook, “Sidewalk Tectonics,” later this year.