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Schools Need Grandparents

PHOTO: More Experience Corps volunteers will be in Maryland schools. Photo credit: AARP Maryland
PHOTO: More Experience Corps volunteers will be in Maryland schools. Photo credit: AARP Maryland
May 3, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Retirees in Maryland are coming to the rescue of struggling students.

AARP's Experience Corps announced this week it's expanding its programs in 25 Baltimore schools, after getting funding help from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Bill Romani, director of Experience Corps Baltimore, says the volunteers are already helping about 6,500 students in the city.

"So what Experience Corps has been able to do consistently in Baltimore city and across the country is to increase the number of children that are reading, reading at grade level,” he says. “And in Baltimore city, increasing the attendance rate."

The program's expansion means Experience Corps needs more volunteers.

Romani says both the students and mentors benefit from the experience.

"What our folks are able to do is work in a classroom and develop meaningful mentoring and tutoring relationships with the children that go beyond just academics."

Experience Corps volunteers are currently working with children in kindergarten through third grade, but will soon take on pre-schools as well.


Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD