Reading Programs Help Kids Fight Summer Learning Loss

By Emily McConville, Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer

The group of grade school students ranging in age from 9 to 12 gathered in a circle for the second session of the Summer Literacy Club.

In the middle of the circle, longtime Valrico Elementary School teacher Julie Sparks read the kids an article about children who fought in the Civil War.

The 14 students followed along, many with a pen in one hand and a piece of food in the other. After the first page of the reading packet, Sparks asked the group, "What do you think about the boys' decision to go to war?"

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