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Newark students with learning disabilities honored for becoming independent readers

Reading competition awards school with the most page turners

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Students at the Louise A. Spencer School were recognized for their reading efforts in the second annual Learning Ally Great Reading Games. The school earned first place for most pages read in the state and was among the top ten percent for schools who participated nationwide.

Students read a total of 4,453 pages throughout the 7-week competition, using their tablets, computers, and cell phones to read in class and at home.

“They read for at least 20 minutes a day and got points. So, the more you read, the longer you were on, the more books you turned pages in, you got more and more points,” Special Education Teacher Antiona Miller explains.

Language Arts Teacher Anthony Dilley says the competition helps kids with learning disabilities become enthusiastic book worms by increasing their understanding of vocabulary words.

“It's read to them…they can look at the vocabulary words and see how they are supposed to sound,” Dilley said.

Students and teachers say the competition helps bolster reading levels, which can lead to positive outcomes later in life. Newark Superintendent of Schools Christopher Cerf says becoming an effective reader not only helps students graduate, but can also translate into greater lifetime earnings.

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