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Bev Pratt and Mary Lou McAllister of the type of instruction they receive,” a report by Reading Rocket, a national reading initiative, states. “The children who don’t learn, however, don’t seem able to catch up on their own. More than 88 percent of children who have difficulty reading at the end of first grade display similar difficulties at the end of fourth grade. Three-quarters of students who are poor readers in third grade will remain poor readers.” Clemens says that teachers saw the need for a program like SMASH on a regular basis. “Some students were coming to school and they were not prepared for the day due to circumstances at home, or they were feeling overwhelmed by their homework and needing extra help.” McAllister says she and Bev Pratt and Linda Seemans met with Talbot County School District officials to pitch a proposal to start an after-

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November 2017 ttimes web magazine  
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Tidewater Times November 2017