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Multiethnic learning focus of grant projects


Four agencies getting $50K in funding



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November 27, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Education, in some form, is the centerpiece of four big grants local organizations will be receiving via the town's annual Community Development Block Grant process.

Each of them is worth $50,000. Two — for Centro Las Americas and ASPIRA — take effect in January; the other two — for Literacy Volunteers and Full Gospel Center — won't kick in until next July (if the state approves them).

In ASPIRA's case, the plan is to expand their Saturday Academy program by hiring a coordinator to oversee it, a youth club at the high school and the Apex program for parents.

"We piloted it for a year last year with a few students and a very small grant," said Else Rivera, the group's vice president. "We had eight kids, and are aiming for 25."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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