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September 15, 2003

AmeriCorps: OFFERING INNER-CITY STUDENTS
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Charlotte, NC - Students in four of Charlotte's inner city neighborhoods can now sign up for an after-school program, offered by Mecklenburg County's AmeriCorps 4-H Project. Ten AmeriCorps members will provide children with homework assistance, science projects, reading tutors, community service projects, physical fitness activities, field trips, and much more.

The programs are free and offered for children in grades K-8 beginning September 22. They will be offered Monday - Friday, 2 - 6 p.m., during the school year, at the following recreation centers:

· Southview Recreation Center, 1720 Vilma Street, 704-392-7452
· West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, 704-393-1560
· Phillip O. Berry Recreation Center, 444 Tuckaseegee Road, 704-432-6775
· Naomi Drenan Recreation Center, 950 Beal Street, 704-365-1265

Enrollment is limited. To enroll your child, call the Recreation Center nearest you and speak with the center director. For more information or to volunteer, call the Mecklenburg County AmeriCorps Project office at 704-432-0001 or 704-336-2082.

The Mecklenburg County AmeriCorps Project is a N.C. Cooperative Extension and Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation collaborative in partnership with the N.C. Commission on Community and Volunteerism and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  AmeriCorps is a domestic version of the Peace Corps.

Members provide after-school science-based enrichment programming that is developmentally age appropriate, using 4-H Youth Development curricula. Members serve at sites affiliated with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department. In addition, members implement gardening and beautification projects in the communities they serve and participate in a variety of service projects designed to strengthen the community and enrich lives.



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