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ND receives $800,000 AmeriCorps grant to support child literacy

FARGO — An $800,000 federal AmeriCorps grant has been awarded to North Dakota to support child literacy and other programs statewide.

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The grant package includes $189,149 for the North Dakota Reading Corps to continue funding AmeriCorps reading programs for pre-kindergarten through third-grade students in West Fargo, Fargo and Jamestown schools, and launch new programs next year in Bismarck and Mandan, said Amy Walters, NDRC grant director based in Fargo.

Another $600,000 was awarded to the North Dakota Commission on National and Community Service to fund additional AmeriCorps programs in the state.

Recipients of that funding include Youthworks, YMCA of Cass and Clay counties, Grand Forks Housing Authority, Cooperstown Community Activities, American Red Cross, North Dakota State University and Bismarck Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, said Ryan Volk, AmeriCorps senior program officer with the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

Students enrolled in the NDRC program are below grade level in reading but not low enough to qualify for supplemental reading services such as special education and Title I.

Under the grant, more than 40 AmeriCorps volunteers will be trained by literacy coaches to tutor students in 32 elementary schools and four pre-kindergarten sites.

If interested in becoming and AmeriCorps member, contact Jolene Garty at 701-446-3173 or

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