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United Way and Holcim Cement team up with AmeriCorps

Article Date: 
18 January, 2012 - 20:14

Croydon, Utah - Holcim Devil’s Slide Plant Manager Keith Krugh and Northern Utah United Way Director Ben Johnson have teamed up with AmeriCorps to assist students in the Morgan School District with reading and math skills.  This program has the potential of bringing literally dozens of community volunteers into the Morgan and Mountain Green Elementary Schools on a regular basis.
AmeriCorps is a federally funded program that allows adults interested in becoming educators to seek employment in schools as reading and/or math tutors while earning a small salary and tuition funds for the college of their choice.  Holcim has donated $8,750 through United Way to create a part-time position in each of the two elementary schools.  This amount will be matched by AmeriCorps.
These two AmeriCorps employees will coordinate volunteer efforts and also provide tutoring for students.  United Way will be contacting local church organizations seeking volunteers willing to serve at no cost with the AmeriCorps employees.  The program will be directed by building principals Tim Wolff and Tom McFarland.
This is just one step of many the Morgan County School District has taken to reduce cost while maintaining or increasing services to students.  In 2011 the district was forced to drop the AmeriCorps program due to budget cuts.  
“The action by Holcim and United Way helps bring back this valuable service to our students,” reports Principal Tom McFarland.  “We appreciate their assistance with this program.”
The initial groundwork took place about one month ago when Superintendent Ken Adams met with Ben Johnson and Northern Utah United Way President and CEO Robert Hunter at the district office.  At the conclusion of the meeting the district and United Way agreed to move forward as rapidly as feasible with the plan.  
Thanks to the generosity of Holcim Cement, the program is now underway.