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Collaborative Literacy Program Celebrates Success


A unique program to improve early childhood literacy is beginning its third year in Springfield Massachusetts.


The Talk Read Succeed  initiative , a collaboration between two Springfield Housing Authority developments and two elementary schools kicked off  its summer program on Thursday with a family event.  Studies have found that sixty percent of the education achievement gap results from summer learning loss. Testing of children who participated in the Springfield program found  80 percent improved reading performance over the summer, according to Maura Geary, a literacy specialist with the Hampden Regional Employment Board.

Geary says outreach to get parents involved in their children’s education is key to the program’s success.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.