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December 11, 2003

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jim Horne to Visit Hamilton Elementary School
Horne to demonstrate Just Read, Families! for the Holidays website, remind students to keep reading over winter break

SANFORD, FL — Education Commissioner Jim Horne today will visit Hamilton Elementary School in Seminole County. He will read with third graders, share the Just Read, Families! for the Holidays website, and encourage all students to keep reading over winter break. Horne will be joined by Seminole County Superintendent Bill Vogel.

The visit will take place at:

1:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Hamilton Elementary School
1501 East 8th Street
Sanford, Florida

Research shows that children who do not continue to read while on vacation risk losing any progress they have made during the school year. The website, unveiled by Horne in Jacksonville last week, provides tips for parents, links to local libraries, and recommended reading by grade level with holiday themes such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan. For more information, please visit

Hamilton Elementary School, a diverse, high-poverty school, has been awarded a "Reading First" grant. The school used research based instruction to make steady improvement in their school grades (from a "D" in 1998-99 to a "C" in 2000-01 to a "B" last year). The school's volunteer program, "Hamilton Helpers," earned the school recognition as the number one parental involvement school in the state. For more information on Hamilton Elementary, please contact Principal Nan Parker at (407) 320-6050.