This year, five AmeriCorps members were nominated to apply for the honor of Member of the Year for going above and beyond in Project HERO.

These members were selected for demonstrating outstanding service to their school and community.

This year’s nominees were Lynne Scarpa (honorable mention), Kate Ryan (honorable mention), James Helton (semifinalist), Joyce Scott (semifinalist) and Lauren Adderley (winner).

Project HERO (Helping Enrich Reading Opportunities) is an AmeriCorps program that provides literacy tutoring to students in the Innovation Zone Learning Community during the school day. This school year, more than 25 members have been placed at nine elementary schools and have received training in three research-based literacy curricula. More than 1,000 students were served by Project HERO AmeriCorps members.

Adderly was selected Member of the Year for her dedication to the students at Chicora Elementary School. The students whom she tutors make great gains academically. She consistently supports them in extracurricular events and even served as the fourth-grade Math Bowl coach and helped lead them to first place at the Innovation Zone Math Bowl.