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Jillian Dicken

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Working with Our Community: Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative

Posted by Jillian Dicken on Dec 27, 2016 2:00:00 PM

My “Writing That Matters” group collaborated with the Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative, or HELI, an organization that works with family, community members, the school system, and activists to improve Holyoke’s early literacy for children from birth to third grade. HELI’s work is important because the city of Holyoke has noticeably low literacy rates. In 2013, 13% of Holyoke’s third grade students scored proficient or advanced on the MCAS, compared to a 57% state average.

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Topics: Working with Our Community, Civic engagement

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