A $497,646 AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service will help provide LearningWorks programs for students at two local schools this year. SUBMITTED PHOTO

BIDDEFORD — LearningWorks has received a $497,646 AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and it will support 101 AmeriCorps members who will provide tutoring, mentoring, and extracurricular enrichment for students who are not yet meeting literacy and math benchmarks.

This grant will fund LearningWorks’ AIMS HIGH program, which recruits, trains, and supports AmeriCorps members at five elementary schools with School Turnaround initiatives at two area schools including C.K. Burns School in Saco and Biddeford Intermediate School.

Each school’s team of AmeriCorps members will provide critical support to these school communities by working directly with students during the 2018-2019 school year.

“AmeriCorps members are an indispensable source of positive impact and energy in our communities and nation,” said Heather Davis, executive director of LearningWorks and a former AmeriCorps Member. “We’re thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the value of AmeriCorps members serving with LearningWorks in southern Maine schools for the sixth straight year.”

In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available $221,000 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the LearningWorks AmeriCorps members to pay higher education costs or student loans. The grant will generate an additional $400,470 in local matching support and other outside resources from businesses, foundations, and other organizations.

AIMS HIGH is actively seeking AmeriCorps members both locally and nationally to join their team and empower southern Maine students.

Full-time member earn a $13,732 annual living allowance, $6,095 education award, and health insurance. Half-time members serve 25 hours per week and earn a $5,500 living allowance and $3,047 education award.

Minimum-time members serve seven hours per week and receive a $1,290 education award.

AmeriCorps members over the age of 55 can gift their education award to their children or grandchildren.

To apply, email [email protected] or call 517-3137.

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