COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (KDVR) — The United States Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten visited Stuart Middle School in Commerce City as one of the Colorado stops stop on her ARP-Stars tour.

The plan is designed to share how money from the American Rescue Plan is available to help support K-12 education.

“This tutoring core initiative is fabulous work, you are using the governor’s emergency education relief fund and you’re doing it to be able to have and work with the AmeriCorps volunteers to help provide trained tutors so they can support students that have fallen behind,” Marten said.

At Stuart Middle School, $5,000 was spent on additional and specific tutoring by AmeriCorps teachers, like Brandi Mallard.

“My main duty is working with kids in groups of two or three. We have our own lesson, it’s kind of like backtracking stuff they may have missed in earlier years, it prepares them for math in their current class,” Mallard, a math teacher, said.

Stuart Elementary School Principal Krista Dean says the additional support AmeriCorps is providing is making a difference, but this year the district had to pay for AmeriCorps’s service.

“I have my full-time tutor here that’s with us every day, supporting kids on math skills, and that is all she does,” Dean said.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis chatted with some of the students at Stuart Middle School and says more money is coming to help out more Colorado schools. 

“An additional $2 million investment that will support at least 60 new math and reading tutors across the state through AmeriCorps, Service Corps,” Polis said.