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Reading is fundamental to student success


Reading and writing aren't just tools every student needs for school. 

Literacy ensures the cycle of learning and progress passes from generation to generation.

As our School Smarts reports continue, Fox 41's Barry Bernson focuses on an effort to give families the ability to learn and grow together.

It may look a little chaotic, but what's been happening here is the case against summer vacation.

It's an effort to fight the achievement gap in young students that some feel is the result of summer learning loss. The National Center for Family Literacy, through funding from Toyota, is providing a high-quality experience to low-income kids: the idea is that parents and their children learn best when they're learning together.

The foundation's Deborah Hasson says, "for the older children, they're reading and writing with their parents, and working on projects that encourage literacy."

And it's a team effort.

Laura Westberg from the NCFL says that "they learn about what their children are learning in school, so they can support that.  They can communicate with the teacher.  They feel comfortable about going into the classroom and actually sitting alongside their children and learning with them."

The kids found inspiration by getting outdoors to the world around them.

What the children collected in Cherokee Park, they turned into art works. 

Hasson says although it is visual, it does turn into literacy.  She explains, "they actually have to talk about these things, use vocabulary, descriptive vocabulary.  Even the little ones can talk about the color of what they did, and it all contributes to literacy." 

To find out more about the programs of the National Center for Family Literacy, which is based here in Louisville, go to

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