Improving students' reading skills has been a top priority of our national Reading First initiative--and at Mount Pleasant Area School District in Pennsylvania, we have taken this vision to heart and set a specific goal that every child should establish lifelong reading skills. As a result, we focused our 2004 summer-school session on helping K-3 students who were struggling with reading.

Working with our Title I and classroom teachers, we identified about 70 students who needed additional reading assistance and would benefit from a summer program. Our Title I teachers then contacted each student's...

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