LearningWorks grant will help students aim high

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PORTLAND — LearningWorks has received a significant grant to assist students who are not meeting literacy and math benchmarks by providing them with tutoring, mentoring and extracurricular enrichment.

The $497,646 grant will fund the AIMS HIGH program, which recruits, trains, and supports AmeriCorps volunteers that will work at five elementary schools across Southern Maine that have School Turnaround initiatives.

The schools are the East End Community School and Reiche Elementary School in Portland, C.K. Burns School in Saco, Biddeford Intermediate School and Windham Primary School.

Each school’s team of AmeriCorps volunteers will provide critical support by working directly with students during the upcoming school year.

This is the sixth year LearningWorks has received the grant, which is used to help pay the higher education costs or student loans of AmeriCorps volunteers. In addition, the grant will generate an additional $400,470 in local matching funds.

Full-time AmeriCorps volunteers earn a $13,732 annual living allowance, a $6,095 education award and health insurance. Part-timers earn a $5,500 living allowance and $3,047 education award.

To apply, email aimshigh@learningworks.me or call 517-3137.