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Multiethnic learning focus of grant projects

Four agencies getting $50K in funding

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.

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