We would like to thank The Pilot for the recent article regarding our summer literacy program.

Proficient reading by the end of third grade enables students to transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” and to master the more complex subject matter they encounter in the fourth grade and beyond.

The “summer slide” — losing ground during summer vacation — accounts for many reading difficulties. The problem is particularly acute among students from low-

income families.

We work closely with the Moore County Schools, Growing Moore Readers, the Duke Energy Foundation and many others, to combat the summer slide head on. We are thrilled that you reported the wonderful test results achieved — none of our 45 students slid back this summer.

To the contrary, almost all of these wonderful kids advanced while enjoying an enriching summer with trips to the North Carolina Zoo, the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, and many other child-friendly destinations.

This is a great example of what we can accomplish together in Moore County. Credit should go to Patricia Cox, MCS English language arts specialist for grades K through 5, who helped with the program design; and to Barbara Colson, MCS instructional coach, who taught the literacy activities for the seven-week program. We are so grateful to Barbara for her dedication this summer.

In addition to a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Summer Literacy Program received generous support from the Moore County Community Foundation, Wells Fargo and several of the Literacy Council’s regular donors. We are grateful to all of these supporters.

Stuart L. Mills, Moore County Literacy Council,

Clare Ruggles, Northern Moore Family Resource Center

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