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Tutors needed to help Alpena children sharpen their reading skills

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) Students receive one-on-one tutoring to help advance their reading skills.

Alpena, Mich. — 58,000 Michigan students are failing to reach basic levels of literacy.

The Michigan Education Corps looks to solve that problem and needs the help of community members to help students find a better grasp on reading. The program is looking to recruit 16 to 20 tutors for the 2019–2020 school year in Alpena. The pilot program took off this school year.

Students who struggled with reading received one-on-one, five-day-a-week tutoring at the pilot schools like Besser Elementary. Now, the Michigan Education Corps hopes to expand their program to the whole Alpena school district.

“The best part has been watching their confidence grow and building those relationship with the tutors,” said Meagan Black, instructional coach for Alpena Public Schools. “Not only seeing the students confidence grow but the tutors as well, and watching them really evolve into that role, it’s been pretty awesome.”

The Michigan Education Corps will provide all of the training for a one year commitment. Tutors will be primarily dealing with preschool through third grade students.

If you would like to sign up and become a tutor, visit the website or visit