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JEP Library receives a naming gift

From left, Sharon, John and Ashley Tesoriero at a USC Associates picnic in October (Photo/Brooke Williams)
Photo: From left, Sharon, John and Ashley Tesoriero at a USC Associates picnic in October (Photo/Brooke Williams)

Marking the first naming of a space in the JEP House, the Tesoriero family has designated funds from their USC Associates Provost-level membership to advance the community-based program.

The gift will support the Joint Educational Project (JEP) ReadersPlus Library, which houses publications and resources at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences used by literacy tutors to teach children. The library contains books in English and Spanish that range from Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham to tales from the Harry Potter series.

In recognition of the donation, USC Dornsife will name the space the Tesoriero Family ReadersPlus Library.’

“For 40 years, JEP has demonstrated its commitment to the community and to our students,” USC Dornsife Dean Steve A. Kay said. “The most important resources in resolving problems in our society are the human resources on campus and in our city.

“The JEP House reaches out from our home to homes across the community, establishing strong connections that create real change,” he added.

Founded in 1972, JEP is one of the nation’s oldest and largest service-learning programs. Housed at USC Dornsife, JEP offers USC students the unique opportunity to study the relationship between theory and practice.

Its USC ReadersPlus — an America Reads/America Counts literacy and math-tutoring program — has provided tutorial assistance in both subjects to thousands of children in USC’s Family of Schools while offering meaningful opportunities for USC work-study students. Local principals consider the program “the best USC program in the community.”

JEP Executive Director Tammara Anderson was pleased to receive the gift from the Tesoriero family.

“With their support, JEP’s USC ReadersPlus program will be able to reach more children by hiring additional tutors, and add new and exciting books to our library that our USC students can share with children in our neighborhood schools,” Anderson said.

Sharon and John Tesoriero, and Trojan Family member, daughter Ashley, an undergraduate at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, are excited to give to this program.

“We are very happy to help JEP and the great programs that it provides to the children in the community surrounding the USC campus,” Sharon Tesoriero said. “With our gift we hope to encourage other members of the Trojan Family to support JEP through donations or volunteering.”

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