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Harding Elementary student Lucas Provin is helped by Dr. Deborah Reed of the Iowa Reading Research Center during Mason City's intensive summer reading program at Roosevelt Elementary in June 2016. 

MASON CITY | Literacy tutors are needed as soon as possible for an expanded reading program at Mason City Schools. 

AmeriCorps’ Iowa Reading Corps program offers one-on-one assistance for K-3 students reading just below grade level.

If students aren't reading proficiently by third grade, a study by the American Educational Research Association found they are less likely to be successful in future educational endeavors. 

Those who can't read at grade level by that age are four times less likely to graduate than a peer who reaches proficiency in third grade, according to the study. 

The AmeriCorps positions involve 1,700 or 900 hours of service September through May. In some cases, that term may be expanded to 11 months. Members work with students during regular school hours, and sometimes in hours beyond that. 

They are responsible for one-on-one daily tutoring sessions using research-based, scripted reading interventions. Members will also give assessments, collect student data, use computers for email and data entry and work with a trained Reading Corps coach. 

Full-time members will also be working hours during the summer months in literacy-related tasks.

The position offers a living allowance and education award which can be applied to past or future student loans or gifted to a family member, such as a child or grandchild. 

If a member is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during his or her year of service.

Child care assistance may be available for eligible members.

For more information visit uwiowa.org/IowaReadingCorps. Applications are available on the site, and should be submitted as soon as possible. 

Tutors are not employed by Mason City Schools. The AmeriCorps’ Iowa Reading Corps program is operated in partnership with United Way.

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