The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded a $245,000 grant to a Tempe literacy program, which will allow it to double in size. The funds will help the American Association of Retired Persons - Experience Corps, which works with the Tempe and Kyrene elementary school districts. The Experience Corps pairs volunteers 50 and older in one-on-one literacy tutoring to struggling students in grades 1-3.
The grant will allow the program to double, with more than 100 volunteers helping about 750 students at 12 schools. For more information, go to www.tempe.gov/volunteer/experiencecorps2.htm.