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Published May 05, 2014, 04:54 PM

North Dakota receiving federal grant after being name AmeriCorps award recipient

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Several North Dakota school reading programs are receiving big boosts from a federal grant.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Several North Dakota school reading programs are receiving big boosts from a federal grant.

The state is receiving nearly $800,000 for AmeriCorps Programs after being named an AmeriCorps award recipient for the first time.

North Dakota Reading Corps, a program aimed at improving literacy skills will get $189,000 of that total.

It provides volunteers and tutors to help students keep up with their classmates.

The Reading Corps has programs in Fargo, West Fargo, Jamestown, Bismarck and Mandan.

Beth Slette/ West Fargo Elem. Asst. Superintendent: "These students are kids who are doing pretty well but they are at risk at reading at a proficient level at their grade level, so it's really a really important program for us. Otherwise these kids would get service."

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp/ (D) North Dakota: "I think that the AmeriCorps process and service represents really what's best about our country, which is providing opportunities to do service but also supporting community activities.”

The additional 600,000 will go to fund other AmeriCorps programs across North Dakota.

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