White Center Heights students to get help from AmeriCorps Tutors

White Center Heights Elementary students will get extra help learning to read thanks to a grant that Washington State recently received – the school is one of 53 schools and community-based organizations selected to receive tutoring support from AmeriCorps.

The federal grant, totaling $1.86 million for three years, coupled with funding from the state legislature will bring Washington Reading Corps members into White Center Heights to tutor students in reading.

The Reading Corps is part of the Washington Service Corps, which is administered by the state Employment Security Department (ESD) using funding from the federal AmeriCorps program.

Districts were chosen based on their plans using Reading Corps members, involving families, and recruiting volunteers; the number of students receiving free and reduced-priced meals; and the number of migrant and bilingual students.

Nearly 100 percent of White Center Heights students qualify for free and reduced-priced meals. The school estimates about 80 percent of students speak a language other than English at home.

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