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Minnesota Reading Corps needs tutors for '09-10 Perham, NY Mills school year

The Minnesota Reading Corps announces they are recruiting Perham and New York Mills area residents to become reading tutors for the Minnesota Reading Corps program in Perham and New York Mills for the 2009-2010 school year. There is one reading tutor position open in Perham and four in New York Mills which begin in August. MRC reading tutors provide extra support for children who are at risk for not reading at their grade level. Applications are now being accepted at

MRC reading tutors may choose to work with students in kindergarten through third grade at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School in Perham, or with pre-school children attending the Ottertail-Wadena Head Start in New York Mills.

Minnesota Reading Corps members commit to a year of service that begins in August with in-depth training. In addition to receiving valuable hands-on experience, MRC AmeriCorps members earn up to $4,725 to pay for college or to pay back federal student loans, a modest living allowance and for full-time members, health insurance. Members can also defer federal student loans while they serve. MRC members surveyed frequently report that their career plans have been positively influenced by their service.

Last year, Minnesota Reading Corps exceeded its ambitious recruitment goal, enlisting and placing a record 367 AmeriCorps members in Minnesota schools for the 2008-2009 school year. But the need for trained reading tutors continues to increase. To help ensure that all of the state's children are on track to read, Minnesota Reading Corps has increased its recruitment goal to more than 500 members for the 2009-2010 school year.

Full-time and part-time positions are available in locations around the state, including elementary schools, Head Start programs, community preschools, and ECFE classrooms.

MRC places members as either a Classroom Member, embedded into a classroom of children ages 3 to 5 to help kids develop early literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten; a Literacy Tutor, who works one-on-one with children in kindergarten through third grade; or a Volunteer Coordinator, who is placed in an elementary school to recruit, train and manage volunteers who dedicate time to help young children learn to read. Members receive extensive training and are equipped with effective literacy instruction methods.