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Lowcountry United Way Receives Grant for Early Reading Initiative

BEAUFORT, S.C. -

Some of the Lowcountry's youngest students will get a little extra help in the classroom this year, thanks to money from the federal government. United Way of the Lowcountry has recently been awarded a federal AmeriCorps grant to create more tutors for the Early Grade Reading initiative in Beaufort and Jasper County schools.

The grant will provide funding for 41 new AmeriCorps members to serve as tutors, mentors and resource support for the program- adding to the nearly 200 local volunteer tutors from last year.

The United Way of the Lowcountry is currently accepting applications to the program. Those selected will be provided with enhanced learning and training opportunities as well as living allowances and monetary education awards. All openings must be filled by September 4th.

AmeriCorps members will devote two to four hours a day at least three days a week tutoring students. Some will also be responsible for assembling materials and curriculum for the program and serving as liaisons between students, teachers, and other volunteers.

According to the United Way of the Lowcountry, 154 students took part in the inaugural program last year in five Beaufort County schools and two Jasper County schools, resulting in an improvement in reading test scores of 97% and 98% respectively.

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