Today is Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service across the country and Springfield Mayor Sarno joined 1799 other Mayors in honoring the work of volunteers in service to their communities. Sarno was recognizing the contribution of the Springfield College Americorps Program to children, schools and organizations in the community.
Sarno was joined in the recognition event at the Edward P. Boland Elementary School by Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dan Warwick, Springfield College President Dr. MaryBeth Cooper, Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start Executive Director Janis Santos, Massachusetts Service Alliance Director of Government and External Affairs Lindsay Snyder and a committed group of AmeriCorps members.
Shannon Langone, head of the Springfield College AmeriCorps program, reported that in the 17 years of the program, over 490,000 hours have been performed in the City of Springfield.
Langone also described the work of the Student Success Corps, a segment of the SC AmeriCorps programs that is replicating the Minnesota Reading Corps model for preschool children in Springfield Public School, Head Start and Square One classrooms.
As a result of the prescribed interventions developed by the Minnesota Reading Corps, 97% of preK students entered kindergarten showing improvement in early literacy skills.
"We have a strong collaboration in Springfield. Many partners in the collaboration are here today. And our shared commitment is to making this community a place where our children succeed academically and graduate from high school and go on to collage and careers. And come back to serve their community, as these AmeriCorps members are doing so well," stated Sarno.