When AmeriCorps volunteer Michelle Staggs-Mayfield walked into Roosevelt
Elementary School in Bellingham last week, she was mobbed by a crowd of adoring fans.
The kids already recognize Staggs-Mayfield as someone who's been helping them out with reading at school, and showing them how to make story-related art projects in the afternoons at the Boys & Girls Club.
She's one of six AmeriCorps volunteers that will continue to help Whatcom County schools with literacy programs this year, in coordination with the Boys & Girls Clubs, despite nationwide sequestration that started in March. The scheduled stoppage of federal funding for specific organizations forced some after-school programs like the Washington Reading Corps to shut down for lack of funds.
The state program partnered AmeriCorps volunteers with high-needs schools to ...(more