by Justin Story, The Daily News, originally published on 8/7/12
Recently awarded grant funding for a local community service program is expected to help students in Barren and other counties. ATEAM, in which AmeriCorps members provide tutoring and mentoring assistance to students in elementary, middle and high school, received $741,782 to support its efforts. The grant, which was announced Monday, was one of 10 totaling more than $3.5 million awarded to AmeriCorps programs throughout the state.
Funding for ATEAM is anticipated to support 56 AmeriCorps members’ work with students in school districts in Barren, Pulaski, Garrard, Hancock, Marshall, Crittenden and Webster counties to improve their reading and math scores. The Mentorkids! program in Owensboro, which falls under the ATEAM umbrella, is also anticipated to benefit from the grant.
AmeriCorps is a federal program in which members serve full-time, generally for about a year, in one of a variety of community service organizations that promote education, address community safety or combat poverty. Members are paid a monthly allowance and are eligible for an additional cash stipend or an educational award to help pay for college or pay off student debt. AmeriCorps programs in Kentucky are administered by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service. Since Sept. 1, Kentucky AmeriCorps programs have served 9,169 students, 1,508 at-risk seniors, helped 2,142 individuals or families find housing, delivered 55,669 meals on wheels and renovated 74 houses.
Shannon Bailes, co-director of ATEAM with Donna Morgan, said the funding for her program will help remedial students from kindergarten through high school in nearly 50 schools.
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