MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Reading Corps is recruiting 1,400 reading tutors for the 2015-2016 school year.
Reading tutors spend time in pre-kindergarten and elementary school classrooms helping children improve their skills with reading and vocabulary.READ MORE: Hawkeyes Thwart Gophers Comeback Bid For 81-71 Victory
Service members can also earn financial stipends or educational awards.
Fulltime Reading Corps and Math Corps tutors commit to 11 months of service, during which they earn a biweekly living allowance of $544 (full-time)and an education award of up to $5,730 to help pay for further education.
Full-time tutors may also receive health insurance.READ MORE: Man Arrested In Willmar After Fleeing Traffic Stop, Firing At Officer
Compensation for part-time positions is $272 every 2 weeks, and an education award of up to $2,865.
I was especially excited to learn more about the Minnesota Reading Corps because I was a reading tutor for 2nd graders when I was in high school and loved it. I also organized book donations for kids at homeless shelters and elementary schools when I lived in Arizona, so hopping into the position of reading tutor wasn’t far of a stretch. However, I definitely was a little rusty on all the songs they sing. Luckily, the people at Minnesota Reading Corps are so great and patient (no wonder) and they helped ease me in.MORE NEWS: Proposed Science Museum In Fargo-Moorhead Gets $1 Million Gift
I was most impressed with how well the kids responded. They knew the games better than me and were so excited to take part. Everyone raised their hands to participate, even the ones who seemed a little shy. You could see the impact these tutors have on the kids and how much they mean to the teachers as well.