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Literacy problems and poverty levels related

POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:29pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

Waco-- Local educators say there is a literacy problem among elementary age students, that will affect them as they continue to progress through all levels of education.

This problem occurs all over the United States, and can be attributed poverty levels, as well as education being taught in schools.

A curriculum instruction professor says this has become a vicious cycle for families in poverty. If the community does not help out, these children will become the parents of other low income families, continuing the cycle.

A new program through the Waco Community Education Alliance, offers students at J.H. Hines Elementary School an after school tutoring program to focus on their reading skills. The instruction specialist says that since the program began, four students have already improved their reading level by an entire year, and over 100 students have increased their level of reading by several months.

The school is still looking for more volunteers to allow more students to get involved in this program, and a chance to succeed.

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