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Hartford AmeriCorps Opens 4th Year

by J. Rossetti-Ford

The fourth year of Hartford AmeriCorps began last Tuesday, October 6. Opening day was celebrated in front of City Hall with Mayor Michael Peters addressing the group's new members. The 30 youths ages (17-25) (above), who will work with Hartford school students this year, joined in calisthenics as they will every Tuesday through Friday.

In addition to a federal grant of up to $329,000, Hartford AmeriCorps is also supported financially by The City of Hartford, the Connecticut Commission on National & Community Service, BankBoston, United Technologies Corporation, Fleet Bank and Phoenix Home Life.

The Hartford elementary schools in which the members will serve include Fred D. Wish, Maria Colon Sanchez, Parkville Community, Ramon E. Betances and SAND.

Nationally, the AmeriCorps class of '98 has 25,000 members serving in over 1,000 communities across America. Members concentrate their efforts on four main concerns: education, public safety, human needs and the environment.

Service is done with local and national charities and service groups to meet the need of the communities they serve. In return the members earn financial aid to help pay for college or pay back student loans.

Hartford AmeriCorps is managed by Southend Community Services, Inc. For additional information on the program contact Executive Director Bob Rath at 296-5068 or AmeriCorps Program Director Jeffrey Parks or 296-3521. Southend Community Services is located at 427 Franklin Avenue, Hartford.

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