By Erin Tierney
The Creswell Chronicle 

Creslane volunteer reading program team wins award, sees growth in kids


May 10, 2018

Erin Tierney - The Creswell Chronicle

Shown above are 19 of the 30 Creslane IRC team members. In front, from left, are Verna Dey, Juli Meador and Laurie Swanson Gribskov. In the middle, sitting, are Elaine McCoy, Wanda Mae Brooks, Carolyn Hennen, Deb Allison with the United Way Volunteer of the Year plaque, Susan Bennett and Val Moran. In the back, standing, are Sherry Smith, Donna Samson, Verlean McCoy, Ken Parramore, Larry Badten, Eric Cullander, Jo Ann Escujuri, Sue Bowers, Carolyn Beardsley and Mary Keep.

According to the Center for Public Education (CPE), research strongly indicates that if children cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade, they face discouraging hurdles that can follow them throughout their lives.

Young readers who struggle to academically catch up with their peers are four times more likely to drop out of school, lowering their earning power as adults and possibly costing society in welfare and other forms of support, according to CPE research.

But at Creslane Elementary School, there's a group of reading warrior volunteers who are dedicated to encouraging and i...

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