State grant to boost help for local students

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WALLA WALLA -- The state Employment Security Department has awarded $120,000 to the Blue Mountain Action Council to assist local students, according to a news release.

The money will pay for 34 Washington Service Corps members to provide tutoring and behavioral support for students who are having trouble in school or at home. The Service Corps members will also help middle-school students with after-school community service projects.

Across the state, more than $1.7 million is being distributed to school districts, counties, learning centers, housing authorities and non-profit groups to support 515 Service Corps members working on 15 team projects over the coming year.

Team members will provide services in 34 of Washington's 39 counties from September through August. Funding for the grants comes from the federal AmeriCorps programs. Created by the state legislature in 1983 and administered by the Employment Security Department, the Washington Service Corps engages the talents, energy and enthusiasm of civic-minded adults, aged 17 and up, in serving their communities, officials said.

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