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USM’s SMART for Schools Announces Afterschool Tutoring Program

The Southern Maine Area Resource Team (SMART) for Schools at the University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce a new afterschool tutoring program in Gorham. Through a generous three-year grant from the Reading Matters to Maine Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, the program will provide free and low-cost reading tutoring for children in kindergarten through grade 5.

The program, called the SMART Learning Lab, will be housed at 62 School Street on the USM Gorham campus. Tutoring will be provided by graduate students from the USM School of Education and Human Development two days per week for students with reading difficulties. The cost is $30 per week or free for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.

The tutoring will use evidence-based reading instruction methods found effective in numerous research studies over time. In addition, the students will complete weekly progress measures to keep track of their reading progress. 

For more information, contact Dr. Alexis Kiburis, director of the SMART Learning Lab, at  Additional information can be found at SMART FOR SCHOOLS.