Arundel Elementary Gets AmeriCorps Team

       Beginning February 20, a team of 10 AmeriCorps members will be teaming up with teachers at Arundel Elementary School, 2400 Round Road in South Baltimore’s Cherry Hill community, to combat reading and math deficiencies. The Corps Members will be mentoring and tutoring students, one on one, in preparation for the Maryland State Performance Assessment Program (MAPAP) tests, which will be held this spring.

       The MSPAP evaluates the level of reading and math skills among first, third, and fifth grade students. With the one-on-one focus, the test scores are expected to improve greatly in comparison to previous years’ scores.

       The Corps Members have already completed several small scale projects in the region, at such places as the Maryland Community Kitchen, Harford County Food Bank, and St. John’s Methodist Church in Charles Village.

       During their 10-month terms, in exchange for their service, Corps Members receive $4,725 to help pay for college or repay student loans. AmeriCorps, known as the domestic Peace Corps, is administered by the Corporation for National Service.

       Many programs have no upper age limit. For more information visit www.americorps.org or call 1-800-942-2677.

 


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This story was published on February 28, 2001.