Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 12, 2013

MSU Americorps gets funds for reading, math tutoring

Staff report
The Independent

MOREHEAD — The Americorps program at Morehead State University will receive $379,050 for reading and math tutoring for academically at-risk students and to recruit and train community volunteers to be reading tutors.

The program is among 12 in Kentucky that will receive more than $3.8 million in new grants, according to Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes.

“The MSUCorps Program is enthusiastic about another program year providing tutoring and mentoring services to the service region. We have strong relationships with the schools we serve, and they see the impact this program makes in their communities. We look forward to another year of service,” said Mary Claire Williams, program director.

The MSUCorps Program has been at MSU since 1994 with more than 640 members serving in 23 counties through the years. The mission of the program is to increase the educational success of high risk school-age children and youth by providing tutoring in math and reading. In addition, MSUCorps members volunteer for multiple community service projects to strengthen their communities.

Earlier this year, the MSUCorps/AmeriCorps program was presented with the “Make A Difference Day” award during the annual Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service in a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion.

Overall it is the third time MSUCorps has received this award. The corps also won in 2008.

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the Cabinet and serves faith-based and nonprofit organizations with critical educational, environmental and safety needs. Grant recipients include programs dedicated to efforts ranging from preventing student dropouts to serving survivors of domestic violence.

“The stories of success as a result of this kind of service are incredible,” Secretary Haynes said. “Through these grants, local citizens are addressing local needs.”

The Kentucky programs receiving grants include 472 full- and part-time members. Their projects will last three months to one year and most begin this fall.

UNITE Service Corps, based in Prestonsburg, will receive $543,400 for its work. Members will provide math tutoring and drug abuse prevention education for at-risk students. Members serve as drug education coordinators within their service site schools in eastern Kentucky.