BALTIMORE — Senator Ben Cardin visited Baltimore on Wednesday for the first week of school and toured Commodore John Rogers School to see the innovative Americorps Literacy Program in action.
The literacy lab was founded in 2009 with its mission to give children individualized reading instruction. It currently serves nearly 1,400 children in Baltimore every day.
Cardin says in Baltimore it's a critical part of the school curriculum.
"It really does help us fill the gap in our current system where too many students are not performing at grade level. Americorps serves a major purpose."
The literacy lab is being expanded to Montgomery County this school year.