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Reading tutors needed in Bemidji schools

BEMIDJI - The Bemidji School District has been designated as a Minnesota Reading Corps site for next year and is now recruiting adults from the community to help area students improve their reading skills.

The Minnesota Reading Corps, a statewide initiative that helps children become successful readers, matches trained AmeriCorps members and community volunteers with children who are at risk for not reading at their grade level.

As part of the program, the school district will be hiring the following literacy tutor positions for the 2012-13 school year:

- Two fulltime literacy tutors each at Northern and J.W. Smith elementary schools.

- One full-time literacy tutor each at Central, Horace May, Lincoln and Paul Bunyan elementary schools.

- One part-time literacy tutor at Solway Elementary.

Tutors will work one-on-one or in small groups with students in kindergarten through third grade to help students read at their grade level. Minnesota Reading Corps tutors commit to 11 months of AmeriCorps service, during which they receive a modest living allowance of roughly $500 bi-weekly and an education award. Fulltime tutors may also receive health insurance.

Reading tutors are expected to be hired by the end of June, with Aug. 1 as their start date.

For further details or to apply, visit or contact Anna Peters at 866-859-2825.