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Even before the pandemic, less than half of Wisconsin students were reading at grade level. After more than a year of disruptions to learning due to Covid 19, the need may be even higher.

Responding to these unprecedented educational challenges, AmeriCorps is seeking four Wisconsin Reading Corps tutors to serve at Rocky Branch and Westside elementary schools in River Falls starting in October.

"Reading impacts a student’s entire academic trajectory," according to Director of Wisconsin Programs Eric Hoffman. "After third grade, they need to be able to read in order to learn. Almost 75% of children who read poorly in third grade continue to read poorly in high school. That’s why a proven solution like Reading Corps is so critical, especially after a challenging school year.”

Reading Corps tutors are trained in evidence-based interventions and placed in schools to help students build foundational skills. Independent evaluators confirm Reading Corps makes a dramatic difference on academic achievement and the programs are replicated nationally. 

Tutors serve on-site at the school 35 hours a week and receive a stipend every two weeks, plus extra money to pay for college tuition or student loans.

Those who are 55 or older may choose to gift their education award to their child, grandchild, stepchild or foster child. Many tutors also qualify for additional benefits like free health insurance and child care assistance.

The application deadline is Oct. 6 to start on Oct. 25. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply now

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