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MEDIA ADVISORY

June 24, 2004

Frances Marine or
MacKay Jimeson
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Horne to Help Parents and Students Improve Reading Skills
Horne will visit a Just Read, Florida! Families Building Better Readers parent workshop and visit with struggling third grade students at a Summer Reading Camp

JACKSONVILLE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne will visit with parents and students in Duval county tonight and tomorrow to help struggling readers improve their skills. He will attend a Families Building Better Readers workshop with parents this evening at Smart Pope Livingston Elementary and visit with third graders at Sallye B. Mathis Elementary's Summer Reading Camp tomorrow.

Families Building Better Readers workshops, sponsored by Just Read, Florida! throughout the state, give parents of third grade students who may be retained because they did not demonstrate basic skills in the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) tools for helping their children improve their reading skills.

The workshop will take place at:

6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Smart Pope Livingston Elementary
1128 Barber Street
Jacksonville, Florida

Parents who attend the workshop will receive toolkits with lesson plans to assist their children. The lesson plans are available in various languages online at www.justreadflorida.com.

Horne will visit with third graders at one of Duval County's Summer Reading Camps tomorrow. The reading camps, sponsored by school districts with technical assistance from Just Read, Florida!, use research-based reading instruction to help third graders who face retention because they are not yet able to read independently. Horne will participate in reading activities and observe various classrooms, where students will share the work they have begun this summer.

The reading camp visit will take place at:

11:00 a.m.
Friday, June 25, 2004
Sallye B. Mathis Elementary
3501 Winton Drive
Jacksonville, Florida

For more information, please visit www.fldoe.org.