Summer program helps keep struggling readers from sliding

08/11/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Students in Virginia's Fairfax County schools pick out their own books to read over the summer, get a lesson in key comprehensions skills and then read and correspond with their teachers throughout the summer via prepaid postcards and telephone calls. English-language learner Ervin Salazar, 11, takes the program a step further by translating the tales into Spanish for his mom.

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