Auburn among 53 school districts to receive reading tutors from AmeriCorps

For the Reporter

Helping young students struggling to read will become a little easier thanks to a grant Washington state recently received.

The federal grant, totaling $1.86 million for three years coupled with funding from the state legislature, will bring 150 Washington Reading Corps members into 53 Washington school districts – including Auburn – and community-based organizations to provide tutoring in reading for 6,000 elementary-school students.

Chinook Elementary will receive two Reading Corps staff for the 2014-15 school year as part of the program.

The grant was made possible by a $950,000 proviso passed by the state Legislature in 2014. The proviso provides support for the Washington Reading Corps.

"The Washington Reading Corps program is a proven winner," said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. "The group tutoring that these grants will provide will give students the additional help they may need. And because reading is so necessary in our lives, making sure all students know how to read, and read well, is a high priority."

Read the full story, including how grant winners were chosen, here.

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